Fulfilling a special demand of big RJ
- went for MRI to Duisburg, which confirmed a several milimeter long tear in his foot tendon
- said Dr. Krejci, the team physician: "For ordinary people, it's a 6-8 week long treatment, but we are at the WC. We try to shorten the treatment, but we do not want to damage the player's health. We will try some other things, undergo some additional examinations, and we will know more by the evening. The final decision will be made on Monday.... [Baros] sees that things don't go smoothly, he is getting more nervous, disappointed, he is affraid of what would happen in the next days. His psyche is affected by it."
So, since Koller and Baros are currently injured, and Smicer did not even make it to Germany due to his injury, the likely starters for the Saturday's game against Ghana will be Lokvenc (rather invisible after substituting for Koller on Monday) and ??? (Stajner?, Heinz?, Sionko?...)