World cup: Injury threatens Glik’s place in Poland squad

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Poland’s preparations for this month’s World Cup finals suffered a blow on Monday after defender Kamil Glik seriously injured his shoulder in training.

It happened on the same day as he was being named in head coach Adam Nawalka’s 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia.

Nawalka had already submitted his squad list to FIFA before the incident which happened when the AS Monaco man fell awkwardly after attempting an overhead kick.

The Poland coach said should the 30-year-old not recover in time to travel to Russia, he would be replaced by VfB Stuttgart’s Marcin Kaminski.

World Cup rules allow the final squad to be named 24 hours before the first game starts.

Poland play Senegal on June 19 before facing other Group H opponents Colombia and Japan.

Prior to the World Cup, Poland will play friendly warm-up matches against Chile on Friday and Lithuania next Tuesday.

Poland’s 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus).

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion).

Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli).

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht).

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Mazino Dickson-Amagada has been a practicing journalist with vast experience in print, broadcast and online journalism, as well as early training in the civil society organization sector.