Franciszek Smuda will wait
until as late as he can before naming his Poland side to face
the Czech Republic in their final Euro 2012 Group A game on
Saturday, with the coach hoping to name an unchanged side.
Midfielders Eugen Polanski, recovering from a bruised knee,
and Dariusz Dudka, struggling with a recurring stomach muscle
strain, both trained with the rest of the squad in Wroclaw's
City Stadium on Friday.
But French-born centre-half Damien Perquis warmed up gently
away from the rest of the squad and then sat out further drills,
suggesting coaches are still concerned blows to his shin and
elbow may keep him out of the clash in the southern Polish city.
"If injuries did not disturb us, I would like to start with
the same squad," Smuda told a news conference on Friday.
"But maybe the injuries will have an impact and we will have
to make some changes. We have a number of question marks ... and
we will only decide tomorrow who plays."
Speculation about Smuda's line-up for a game they must win
to stay in the tournament has centred around whether he will
stick with second choice keeper Przemyslaw Tyton or recall
Wojciech Szczesny, available again after his one-match ban for
being sent off against Greece.
The Poles have two points from two games. Russia top the
group with four points, ahead of the Czech Republic with three
and Greece with one point.
Smuda said he had been working to keep the team's feet on
the ground after their bright comeback to draw against Russia
left the Euro 2012 co-hosts brimming with optimism that they
could advance to the quarter-finals for the first time.
Officials have upped security at the stadium and at the
Polish team's hotel, where crowds gathered on Friday.
"We have not allowed euphoria, we have tried to cool things
a bit and we have the same concentration that we had before the
game with Russia," Smuda said.
"The pressure was strongest before the Greek game. We do not
feel it as much after playing a very good game against Russia."
Asked how they can beat the Czechs, Smuda said: "We know
that we have to play very good football and to fight from the
first whistle to the last."
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