Bundesliga clubs refuse to allow FOUR Czech players – including captain Vladimir Darida – to travel for crucial World Cup qualifier against Belgium amid quarantine rules
- Bundesliga clubs have refused to release four Czech stars for World Cup matches
- Vladimir Darida, Patrik Schick, Pavel Kaderabek and Jiri Pavlenka are all unable to play
- The new relaxation of restrictions in Germany does not start in time for travel
Bundesliga clubs have refused to release four Czech players for their country’s World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Saturday night over concerns that the players would have to go into quarantine upon their return to Germany, a spokesman for the Czech national team said.
Team captain and Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida, Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick, Hoffenheim defender Pavel Kaderabek and Werder Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka all started the Group E qualifier against Estonia on Wednesday, but now miss Belgium’s game.
Germany decided on Friday to relax restrictions on people coming from the Czech Republic, but the new rules won’t come into effect until Sunday, Czech spokesman Petr Sedivy said in a statement.
Four Czech stars, including Vladimir Darida, will not be able to play a World Cup match
Bundesliga clubs have refused to allow their players to travel due to quarantine regulations
“The German authorities could not confirm that those national team players do not have to be quarantined after their return to Germany,” said Sedivy, explaining why the clubs would not release the players.
‘For these reasons, Jiri Pavlenka, Pavel Kaderabek, Vladimir Darida and Patrik Schick will only participate in Tuesday’s game in Wales, which the current German measures allow.’
Belgium is also under staffed. The five Bundesliga players will not be available for the Group E game due to travel restrictions to the Czech Republic and injuries to Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Vermaelen.
The Czech Republic kicked off their World Cup campaign in style with Estonia beating 6-2 earlier this week, while Belgium beat Wales 3-1.