PRAGUE (AP) – The Czech Republic will have to play 2014 World Cup qualifying games against Malta and Bulgaria without injured captain Tomas Rosicky.
Rosicky sustained an Achilles tendon injury in the 2-1 win over Greece on June 12 at the European Championship and has not played for his Arsenal side since.
Coach Michal Bilek said on Tuesday that Rosicky still has not fully resumed training.
Rosicky's usual replacement, Daniel Kolar, and first-choice attacking midfielder Vaclav Pilar are also injured and not available for the Oct. 12 match against Malta in Plzen and four days later against Bulgaria in Prague.
Since striker Milan Baros retired, the Czechs have been struggling upfront and haven't scored in the last four matches. They have one point in World Cup qualifying following a 0-0 draw in Denmark in Group B.