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Injured Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky misses match against Poland at Euro 2012

Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky speaks to the media in Wroclaw, Poland, June 9, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Petr David Josek

WROCLAW, Poland - Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky has failed to recover from injury in time to play in the team's make-or-break Group A match against Poland at the European Championship.

Rosicky, who injured an Achilles tendon during Tuesday's 2-1 win against Greece and hasn't trained since, was ruled out hours before Saturday's game in Wroclaw, Poland. His place in the midfield went to Daniel Kolar.

The loss of the Arsenal playmaker is a major blow to the Czechs' hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time since 2004.

The winner of the match will qualify for the last eight. A draw for the Czech Republic would also be enough, provided Greece doesn't beat Russia by six goals or more in the group's other game.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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