Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss has taken a calculated gamble by including a trio of players who are fighting to re-establish themselves after injury in his 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been picked as he continues his recovery from a foot injury, while strike duo Filip Holosko of Besiktas and Robert Vittek of Lille are both involved after coming back from a broken leg and a knee problem respectively.
"There are still question marks," Weiss said. "In case of an injury anything can happen."
Weiss has included his highly-rated son, Vladimir junior, in his squad after some encouraging appearances during qualification and on loan with Bolton Wanderers from Manchester City, while Napoli star Marek Hamsik was included as expected.
Goalkeepers: Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw, Poland), Dusan Kuciak (Vaslui, Romania), Dusan Pernis (Dundee United, Scotland)
Defenders: Marek Cech (West Brom, England), Jan Durica (Hannover, Germany), Peter Pekarik (Wolfsburg, Germany), Martin Petras (Cesena, Italy), Kornel Salata (Slovan Bratislava), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool, England), Radoslav Zabavnik (Mainz, Germany)
Midfielders: Marek Hamsik (Napoli, Italy), Kamil Kopunek (Spartak Trnava), Jan Kozak (Politehnica Timisoara, Romania), Juraj Kucka (Sparta Prague, Czech Republic), Marek Sapara (Ankaragucu, Turkey), Zdeno Strba (Xanthi, Greece), Miroslav Stoch (Chelsea, England), Vladimir Weiss (Manchester City)
Forwards: Filip Holosko (Besiktas, Turkey), Martin Jakubko (Saturn Moscow, Russia), Erik Jendrisek (Schalke, Germany), Stanislav Sestak (Bochum, Germany), Robert Vittek (Lille, France).
Please note that squad lists only become official after they have been submitted to and announced by FIFA.