Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky will miss Euro 2008 as he will have to undergo surgery on his injured hamstring.
Rosicky has not played since Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Newcastle in January and had hoped to be fit for the finals in Austria and Switzerland.
“I must announce that I will not be capable of playing at Euro 2008. My injury requires surgery which I will undergo at the start of next week,” Rosicky told CTK.
“There is no other solution to the problem than undergoing surgery.”
The news means Czech coach Karel Bruckner could step up his attempts to persuade Pavel Nedved to come out of retirement to replace Rosicky.