Piszczek sidelined for Poland friendlies
Injured Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek today was the fourth Poland player to be sidelined for the UEFA EURO 2012 co-hosts' latest friendlies, against Korea Republic and Belarus. The German Bundesliga player will be replaced by Hubert Wolakiewicz of Polish top-flight side Lech Poznan, Poland's PZPN football association said.
Earlier, the PZPN had announced that goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski of Belgian club Genk had been called up to replace injured Wojciech Szczesny of England's Arsenal. Midfielder Ludovic Obraniak of French champions Lille also had to be left out for Poland's matches against Korea Republic in Seoul on Friday and Belarus in Wiesbaden, Germany on 11 October, it said. In his place, manager Franciszek Smuda called up Legia Warsaw's Janusz Gol.
Gol was the second Legia player to win an injury-related call-up, after Smuda brought in defender Marcin Komorowski in place of Arkadiusz Glowacki of Turkish club Trabzonspor. Like fellow hosts Ukraine, Poland have an automatic berth in next year's tournament and must rely on friendly matches to get ready.
Goalkeepers: Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal/ENG), Grzegorz Sandomierski (Genk/BEL)
Defenders: Dariusz Dudka (Auxerre/FRA), Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht/BEL), Hubert Wolakiewicz (Lech Poznan), Damien Perquis (Sochaux/FRA), Marcin Komorowski (Legia Warsaw), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Legia Warsaw), Tomasz Jodlowiec (Polonia Warsaw), Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (Lech Poznan)
Midfielders: Adam Matuszczyk, Slawomir Peszko (both Cologne/GER), Eugen Polanski (Mainz/GER), Kuba Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor/TUR), Maciej Rybus (Legia Warsaw), Janusz Gol (Legia Warsaw), Rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan)
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Pawel Brozek (Trabzonspor/TUR)