BRATISLAVA – Injured midfielder Stanislav Lobotka will be missing from the Slovak national football team in the World Cup 2022 qualifying matches in Russia (October 8) and Croatia (October 11). He will return to Naples on Wednesday, where he will continue his convalescence. RTVS informed about it in its Tuesday evening sports news.
Lobotka underwent a magnetic resonance examination, which confirmed that he had not yet recovered from the injury to the hind thigh muscle. On Tuesday, he said goodbye to his teammates from the Slovak national team and left the national team meeting. Lobotka has not figured in the roster of Naples in recent matches, which is at the top of the Italian Serie A table without losing a point.
Lobotka returns to Italy
The Slovak national team coach Štefan Tarkovič, after consulting with the medical staff, decided that Lobotka’s start in the matches in Kazan and Osijek would be too dangerous. “After consulting with our medical staff, we evaluated the situation so that Stano Lobotka is unfortunately not 100 percent okay and not in a position to help the national team. He will return to the club, where he will continue rehabilitation. 21 players will fly to Kazan on Wednesday. plus 4 goalkeepers, all had negative PCR tests, “ Tarkovič stated for the official website of the Slovak Football Association.
Representative doctor Ján Baťalík also commented on Lobotka’s health. “Stano underwent a follow-up MRI examination today, the first of which he underwent last Friday in Naples. it will be in his best interest to return to the club so that he does not get into a situation where the hind thigh muscle is damaged for the third time. “