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UPDATED: 08:27, June 08, 2006
Baros will fit for the opener, said Czech coach Karel Brueckner
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Injured Czech Republic striker Milan Baros will fit for their opening World cup game against the United States, said coach Karel Brueckner at a news conference here on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old forward, top scorer at Europe Championship 2004 and a key player for a team making their World Cup debut, was substituted in the first half of the warm-up match against Trinidad and Tobago last Sunday after feeling pain in his foot.

"The team doctor had told me that Baros was on the track, he is likely to be fit for the game next week, " said Brueckner.

Baros did not participate in the team's training after the news conference, But there was still some good news for the Czechs. Midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Tomas Galasek, who had leg and knee injuries respectively, all appeared on the field.

Injuries have dogged the squad's preparations for the tournament, which started from last Friday.Influential midfielder Vladimir Smicer has already ruled himself out of the tournament with a torn tendon in his leg.

Ranked number two in the world by FIFA, the Czechs hope to go better in Germany this summer. The Czechs have failed to make the finals since the former Czechoslovakia qualified for the Italy in 1990, and even had to win a knockout playoff against Norway to book the final spot in this year 's tournament.

The Czechs will take the United States on Monday. Their other opponents in Group E are Italy and Ghana.

Source: Xinhua

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