Poland coach Czesław Michniewicz was dealt a fistful of blows in the wake of his side’s 1-1 draw in Scotland, with injuries picked up by three players. Poland will play Sweden for a place in the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday evening.
During the first half of the last-gasp share of the spoils in Glasgow, both Bartosz Salamon and Arkadiusz Milik were forced from the pitch. Milik looked to be in discomfort after tweaking a thigh muscle, but was able to walk off of the pitch unaided, and could be available for Tuesday. Salamon, however, looks to be a much bigger problem; reports say that he has torn an adductor muscle, and could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
On Friday morning, a further injury to a key player was revealed. Goalscorer Krzysztof Piątek now requires seven stitches to his Achilles, which will rule him out for around 3 weeks. He will now not be available for Tuesday’s play-off final!
Following the match, Piątek was photographed taking part in interviews with blood pouring from his injured heel.
With Piątek out and Milik a doubt, on top of Karol Świderski’s earlier withdrawal from the squad, Poland’s attacking options could now be extremely limited as they attempt to qualify for the World Cup. Robert Lewandowski and Adam Buska remain as the Poles’ only out-and-out strikers, and even then there have been minor injury concerns over their all-time leading scorer in recent weeks.
Czesław Michniewicz will lead Poland for the second time on Tuesday, against Sweden at the Stadion Śląski, for a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.