Tomas Rosicky looks like he could have played his last game at this year’s competition after doing his hamstring in the Czech Republic’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Croatia.
Rosicky pulled up late in the game without anyone challenging him and while he initially stayed down for some time, carried on to the surprise of everyone. Until, that is, we realised the Czech’s had no more subs left.
Before he was reduced to only one working leg, Tom had produced a lovely assist which saw prompts on Social Media sites from Arsenal fans asking the club to give him a new deal.
Speaking after the game, Rosicky confirmed that he will certainly miss the Czech Republics’s final group game, but given how he went down, we will be very unlikely to see him again in the tournament, even if his country stays in until very end. Hamstring problems usually take a minimum of three weeks to recover from, unless you’re Alexis Sanchez.
“The leg is not alright, and it is clear that this is the end of the championship for me,” Rosicky told CT sport, a Czech TV channel.
“I definitely will not play against Turkey – the boys will have a great fight for everything.
“There were two totally different periods – at first we were afraid, but we left everything on the field.”
It’s beyond sad for the player who deserves the chance to play for at least a little while without injury.
It’s also, sadly, an indication of exactly why Arsenal, finally, let him go.