Smicer mulls retirement
Czech winger Vladimir Smicer has suggested his injury-plagued career may soon be over as he prepares to undergo knee surgery at a prestigious clinic in Antwerp, Belgium.
"I will decide on my future based on the result" of the surgery, the 35-year-old former Lens, Liverpool and Bordeaux winger told the website of Slavia Prague, his current team.
Smicer, who has had knee cartilage problems since a winter training camp and has not appeared in a single game in the spring, said he had already visited the Antwerp clinic for a pre-op check-up on Wednesday.
The 2005 UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool has played 81 matches and scored 27 goals for the Czech national team between 1993 and 2005.
Smicer made history by scoring at three consecutive UEFA European Championships: in 1996, 2000 and 2004.