Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport World Cup 2002

 You are in: Team Pages: Slovenia  
Front Page
Statistics
Team Pages
Features
Other News
Sports Talk
TV/Radio Coverage
Photo Galleries
Venues Guide
Matches Wallchart
World Cup Greats
History
Quiz

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather


Click on a name for more detailed team information:

Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Cameroon
China
Costa Rica
Croatia
Denmark
Ecuador
England
France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Nigeria
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Rep of Ireland
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Tunisia
Turkey
USA
Uruguay

Friday, 24 May, 2002, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Katanec's health worries mount
Slovenia goalkeeper Marko Simeunovic
Simeunovic caused a stir at a local coffee shop

separator
space

Slovenia may be staying at the healthy-sounding Poppy Spring Spa Hotel in Mimasaka, but their coach Srecko Katanec is growing increasingly worried about the state of some of his players.

Defender Marinko Galic and midfielder Mile Acimovic both have thigh injuries that were initially not thought to be too serious but team doctor Vasja Kruh has now revised his initial optimistic forecast.

"They may need up to 10 days to recover fully from their injuries," he said.

"We could be losing the race against time to prepare them for the first match (against Spain on 2 June)."

Open Quote
We are doing our job here and are preparing ourselves for the matches
Close Quote
Marko Simeunovic

The new man on the injury list is the Germany-based midfielder Rajko Tavcar.

The Nuremberg player hurt his knee tackling Dzoni Novak in training.

"His situation is not critical - he may be ready to train again within some days," said Kruh.

In addition, several players have colds and have had to be separated from the rest of the squad in the hope that the infection will not spread.

"We were forced to put the players with the colds together in double rooms," added Kruh.

Manager Katanec has refused to show any concern publicly and after finishing training on Friday morning, he went on his usual daily 10km jog.

Local appreciation

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Marko Simeunovic said the players were keeping their focus on getting ready for the World Cup.

"We are doing our job here and are preparing ourselves for the matches," he said.

But he added that he had been delighted with the friendly reception of their Japanese hosts.

Stepping out for a break, Simeunovic was feted in a local coffee shop.

"The folk in the café were really enthusiastic about the Slovenia team.

"I even had to sign a ball. I noticed that I was actually the second to put the signature on.

"The first one was Zico, who used to play in Japan many years ago, so I'm honoured," said Simeunovic.

The Slovenian team will leave Mimasaka on Monday for their Korean base on Jeju Island.

RELATED STORIES
INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
TOP STORIES FROM
SLOVENIA
 TEAMS
 SLOVENIA
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
 RESULTS/REPORTS

GROUP B
  P GD PTS
SPAIN 3 +5 9
PARAGUAY 3 0 4
SOUTH AFRICA 3 0 4
SLOVENIA 3 -5 0

 WATCH/LISTEN
 BBC SPORT BULLETINS
 OUR BEST AUDIO
More Audio/Video




© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics | Team Pages | Features | Other News | Sports Talk | TV/Radio Coverage | Photo Galleries | Venues Guide | Matches Wallchart | World Cup Greats | History | Quiz

BBC Sport >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
BBC World Service >> | BBC Radio Five Live >>
© MMII | News Sources | Privacy