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Euro 2024: Major blow for Czech Republic as Sadilek is ruled out

Sadilek was one of just seven players in the squad that played at Euro 2020

Michal Sadilek

Czech Republic midfielder Michal Sadilek has been ruled out of Euro 2024 after sustaining a leg injury in a cycling accident.

Sadilek, who plays his club football for FC Twente in the Netherlands, has been capped 24 timed by his country and captained the side in Friday’s 7-1 thrashing of Malta.

The 25-year-old’s absence will be a big blow to the Czech’s hopes of advancing from their group that also includes Portugal, Georgia and Turkey.

A statement from the team’s press spokesperson Petr Sedivy read: “Unfortunately, Michael Sadilek fell while riding his bike and suffered a laceration of the leg.”

Czech coach Ivan Hasek added: “It is disappointing for us as he is one of the most experienced players. On behalf of the whole team I wish him a speedy recovery.

“We will decide in the near future if we are going to call up anyone else.”

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.