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Poland News: Glik faces race against time

1 year ago

In the latest Poland news, defender Kamil Glik faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup after picking up an injury just hours after being named in his country’s 23-man squad.

The Monaco ace was one of the most experienced players confirmed in Adam Nawałka’s squad for the finals on Monday. He has 58 caps to his name and played an integral role in the Poles’ run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

However, his participation in the finals now appears to be in some doubt after he reportedly injured his shoulder attempting a bicycle kick during training on Monday.

The full extent of the 30-year-old’s injury is not yet known but Stuttgart defender Marcin Kaminski, who was one of the 12 players cut from Nawalka’s original 35-man provisional squad, will wait on standby until the problem can be assessed further.

Poland can replace Glik in the squad up to 24 hours before their opening game of the finals, but once that threshold has passed then the centre-back will have to remain part of the squad – even if he is ultimately unable to compete.

The potential absence of Glik will come as a huge blow to Poland who breezed through qualifying after winning eight and losing just one of their 10 games.

The Poles still have a hugely talented squad to choose from, with captain and leading scorer Robert Lewandowski being the standout name. The Bayern Munich forward will be ably assisted by the likes of Napoli duo Arkadiusz Milik and Piotr Zielinski.

Southampton defender Jan Bednarek has also been included after a strong end to the season in the Premier League and he is one of the players that could benefit if Glik fails to prove his fitness.

Poland have been drawn in the Group H for the finals and will take on Senegal, Colombia and Japan. They are priced at 15/8 with Sky Bet to finish top of their group.