Slavia Praha footballers will travel in the early evening to Thursday’s opening quarterfinals of the European League at Arsenal without defender Ondřej Kudely. The 34-year-old national quarterback is still hot, taking antibiotics and will not be available in London. The Czech champion will also miss another stopper, Simon Deli, due to the covidavir 19 covidavirus infection.
Kúdela has been in trouble since last week after returning from the national team and had to miss Sunday’s league match in Brno. An experienced quarterback suffered a bruised nose in a World Qualifiers match in Wales a week ago, which was apparently brought to him in the end by the captain of the island team, Gareth Bale, when he hit him in an elbow jump without penalty.
Slavia allegedly considered Kudel’s participation in London for security reasons after an experienced defender in the March retaliation in the eighth finals in Glasgow was accused of racist insult by Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara. Kúdela strongly denied the allegations, as did the Vršovice club.
According to the Praguers, Kamara physically attacked the Czech tracker in the cabin tunnel after the match, in which Slavia won 2: 0. Slavia said the incident was mentioned in a report by a UEFA delegate, who dealt with the events in the match in the same way as the Scottish police. The deadline for the report of the UEFA inspector expired on Monday, and the case will then be dealt with by the disciplinary commission.
Parts are transferred to covidem-19
The people of Prague will have big problems with the composition of the stopper’s pair in London. The defender from Côte d’Ivoire and the winter returnee to Eden Deli, who, according to his assistant Zdeněk Houštecký, contracted covid-19 at the national team, will not be ready for the match either.
“Unfortunately, Simon came from the national team and confirmed his covid. So we are flying weakened by these two key players, but we believe we are of such quality that we can replace them and prepare well for the match.” said before departure to London, assistant coach Zdeněk Houštecký. “It will be a really big challenge,” added Jaroslav Tvrdík, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Slavia, on the social network Twitter.
Worries don’t end there. For health reasons, Simon Deli, a brother, will not fly to London except Kudy (temperatures even this morning). It will be a really big challenge!
– Jaroslav Tvrdik (@JaroslavTvrdik) April 6, 2021
The red and whites now have only one classic tracker David Zima available for the match with Arsenal, another middle defender Taras Kačaraba is not on the list for the European League. The defensive universal Tomáš Holeš comes into consideration.
Slavia will fly to the outdoor cup match as traditionally two days before the kick-off. It is not yet certain whether the goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář will travel with the Prague team, to whom the Rangers Kemar Roofe striker caused a fracture in the face with a brutal foul during the match in Glasgow. Slavia had the national goalkeeper make a special mask and helmet, and her support between the poles had already begun with light training.
Thursday’s duel in London kicks off at 21:00, the Czech champion will play home revenge a week later. A possible advance to the semifinals would equal the league leader to his maximum on the European stage in 1996 in the UEFA Cup.