Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek laments Petr Cech absence

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
Cech was injured while training with Chelsea last week

Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek lamented the absence of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech as he named his squad to face Scotland on 3 September.

Cech suffered a medial ligament strain after a heavy fall in training last week and is expected to be out for three to four weeks.

And he has been left out of the 22-man squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier.

"Petr Cech is a world-class goalkeeper," said Bilek. "His injury is naturally very bad news for us."

Four players from Czech champions Viktoria Pilsen have been included in the squad for the Group I match at hampden and a friendly against Ukraine three days later in Prague as Bilek tries to end a series of poor results.

His side are second in Group I, six points behind world champions Spain but five points ahead of the Scots, who have a game in hand.

However, the Czechs suffered a 3-0 defeat by Norway in Oslo two weeks ago and have won only one of their last six matches.

"With a performance like, that we wouldn't have any chance in Glasgow," admitted Bilek.

Czech Republic squad

Goalkeepers: Jaroslav Drobny (Hamburg), Jan Lastuvka (Dnepropetrovsk), Ales Hruska (Pribram)

Defenders: Zdenek Pospech (Mainz), Jan Rajnoch (Ankaragucu), Tomas Sivok (Besiktas), Theo Gebre Selassie (Slovan Liberec), Roman Hubnik (Berlin), Daniel Pudil (Genk), Petr Jiracek (Viktoria Pilsen), Michal Kadlec (Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Tomas Hubschman (Shakhtar Donetsk), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Pilsen), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Kamil Vacek (Sparta Prague), Jan Rezek (Famagusta), Vaclav Pilar (Viktoria Pilsen), Milan Petrzela (Viktoria Pilsen)

Strikers: Milan Baros (Galatasaray), David Lafata (Jablonec), Tomas Pekhart (Nuremberg)

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