Polish fans were forced to hold their breaths twice in the last 48 hours, with injury scares for two of their key players. With less than two weeks’ until the Biało-Czerwoni face either Sweden or Czech Republic for a place at the 2022 World Cup, both Robert Lewandowski and Kamil Glik gave coach Czesław Michniewicz cause for concern.
On Tuesday’s training session with his club Bayern Munich, Poland captain Lewandowski hobbled from the pitch having slipped after taking a shot. The 33-year-old did return to the field shortly after, but didn’t last much longer: after another shot at goal, he once again limped off.
“I missed the ball when I shot”, Lewy told Bild. “I feel a little pain.” The German paper also commented that it was likely he would miss Bayern’s final match before the international break, against Union Berlin on Saturday.
Only a few hours later, Poland’s vice-captain, Kamil Glik, was stretchered off during Benevento’s 2-2 draw at Brescia. In the 82nd minute of the match, the centre-back receive Mehdi Leris’ boot to the face, as the Brescia attacker attempted a bicycle kick. Glik spent several minutes being attended to, before being carried to the hospital.
Fortunately for Michniewicz, it appears that both injuries are not as severe as first thought.
According to Meczyki.pl, Lewandowski’s knee injury will only require a break of a few days, and there is even a possibility that the striker may be available for selection against Union. It may also be an option for Michniewicz to rest Lewy during the friendly against Scotland, allowing an extra few days recuperation ahead of the play-off final.
Glik, too, should be ready for the trip to Glasgow, but could also be rested as a precaution. Although sporting a heavy bruise to the head, the towering defender did not lose consciousness. He also suffered two broken teeth – an inconvenience, although not an injury to prevent him from joining up with the national team. “The gladiator does not give up”, his wife, Marta, wrote on Instagram.
Poland travel to face Scotland in Glasgow on March 24th, and then face either Sweden or Czech Republic in Chorzów, five days later.