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Petr Cech misses Czech friendly against Scotland

Petr Cech is stretchered off in Milan
Cech suffered a calf injury against Inter Milan on Wednesday

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has, as expected, been omitted from the Czech Republic squad to face Scotland following his Champions League injury.

Cech was carried off during Wednesday's 2-1 defeat away to Inter Milan.

Former Hearts striker Roman Bednar, now with West Brom, and Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky are the two British-based players in the 18-man squad.

Schalke's 20-year-old midfielder, Jan Moravek, is the only newcomer to the squad for Wednesday's game in Glasgow.

Larissa midfielder Rudi Skacel is another of national head coach Michal Bilek's squad who will be well known to Scottish fans, having previously played for Hearts on loan from Olympique Marseille before moving to Southampton.

Roman Bednar, Tomas Rosicky and Jaroslav Drobny
Bednar, Rosicky and Drobny could face Scotland at Hampden

Despite the loss of Cech to a calf injury, Bilek has named only two goalkeepers, both of whom had unsuccessful spells in English football.

Hertha Berlin 30-year-old Jaroslav Drobny, who has two caps, spent time with Fulham and Ipswich Town without making a competitive first-team appearance before heading for the German Bundesliga club.

Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Michal Danek has been with Czech side Viktoria Pilsen since 2006 but had seven months on loan to West Brom in 2008 without playing for the first-team.

The previous year, Danek, who is as yet uncapped, claimed that Celtic were interested in his signature, although that was played down by the Scottish Premier League club's manager, Gordon Strachan.

At that time, Danek was also being linked with Norwich City and AEK Athens.

Wednesday's game against Scotland at Hampden Park is a dress rehearsal for matches between the sides in the forthcoming Euro 2012 campaign.

The friendly had already been organised before the Czechs and Scots were drawn together in qualifying Group I along with defending champions Spain, Lithuania and Liechtenstein.

Scotland play in the Czech Republic on Friday 8 October, with the return group match on Saturday 3 September 2011.

Czech Republic squad

Goalkeepers: Jaroslav Drobny (Hertha Berlin), Michal Danek (Viktoria Pilsen)
Defenders: Roman Hubnik (Hertha Berlin), Ondrej Kusnir (Sparta Prague), Michal Kadlec (Bayer Leverkusen), Jan Rajnoch (Ankaragucu), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Jan Simunek (Wolfsburg)
Midfielders: Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mario Holek (Dnepropetrovsk), Jan Moravek (Schalke), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Rudolf Skacel (Larissa)
Forwards: Roman Bednar (West Brom), Adam Hlousek (Slavia Prague), Tomas Necid (CSKA Moscow), Vaclav Sverkos (Sochaux)

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see also
Trio merit Scots call - Houston
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Keeper Cech ruled out for a month
25 Feb 10 |  Chelsea
Scots call-up a bonus for Webster
23 Feb 10 |  Dundee Utd
Injury hits McGregor Scots return
22 Feb 10 |  Football
Scots begin campaign in Lithuania
19 Feb 10 |  Football
Smicer given Czech Republic role
10 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Koren extends stay with West Brom
29 Aug 08 |  West Brom
Strachan plays down keeper claim
25 Aug 07 |  Celtic
Ipswich sign Drobny on short deal
27 Oct 06 |  Ipswich

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