New father Obraniak will make France game
French-born Poland midfielder Ludovic Obraniak will get his chance to take on Les Bleus in a friendly next week, days after becoming a father, the Polish PZPN football association said. "Ludovic Obraniak will join his team-mates on Saturday," PZPN spokeswoman Agnieszka Olejkowska said on her Twitter feed.
Obraniak's presence in the squad for next Thursday's game in Warsaw - his first-ever opportunity to face France in a Poland shirt - had been touch and go as his wife was heavily pregnant and he did not want to miss the birth of his child. The couple's daughter was born on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Poland manager Franciszek Smuda had said he understood Obraniak's reasons for potentially skipping the high-profile match. "I know his dream is to be there at the birth, and I don't want to mess that up for him," Smuda said.
Fresh from winning the French cup and league double with his club Lille, Obraniak was an automatic inclusion on Smuda's list for latest friendlies as the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts hone their skills.
Obraniak's late arrival for training means, however, that he will miss Poland's friendly with Argentina in Warsaw on Sunday. His left-side slot has been taken by Kamil Grosicki of Turkish club Sivasspor.
With Poland desperate to shine at EURO 2012 - which they will host along with neighbours Ukraine - the PZPN has scouted for new faces in the world's huge Polish diaspora to beef up the squad.
Obraniak's grandparents were Poles, making him eligible for citizenship without living in Poland, and allowing him to join the squad. Now 26, he was first capped in 2009. He has worn the red and white shirt on a total of 15 occasions, scoring four goals.