PRAGUE (AP) — Defender David Limbersky has joined several first-choice Czech Republic players on the sidelines for the opening game of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign against Denmark.
The team says the left back has been ill with a virus and didn't travel with the squad for Saturday's game in Copenhagen.
Coach Michal Bilek has not called up a replacement.
Captain Tomas Rosicky is also out after failing to recover from an Achilles tendon injury he sustained at the European Championship and his usual replacement, Daniel Kolar, and attacking midfielder Vaclav Pilar are also injured.
Italy, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta are the other teams in Group B.