Arsenal have had something of an injury struck season this term, but in the case of Tomas Rosicky this is no surprise.
The Czech Republic captain has seen his career plagued by injury concerns - and recently returned from a spell out of the team with a calf problem.
At 33-years-old, his already frail body is struggling more and more with the rigours of professional football.
But he still is the captain of the Czech national side, so is obliged to play for his side when called upon.
But he will not feature for his nation in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria.
The nation’s team director and former Liverpool forward Vladimir Smicer has confirmed that he agreed with Arsene Wenger that Rosicky would not be used by the country over the next week.
"We have been asked to excuse Rosicky for health reasons. Arsene Wenger got in touch with me and we agreed not to take Tomas to the qualifiers."
In the past couple of days there have been a few rumours circulating that the playmaker may consider calling quits on his international career.
And now Petr Cech, who will replace him as captain, has been speaking about his national team captain.
Cech believes that Rosicky, whose contract expires next summer, is being extra cautious considering his uncertain future.
"Thomas plays on a new contract at Arsenal and if he so does, so it definitely gets. It has happened to him several times that the representation injured and dropped out of the team. Therefore I can understand that he wants to fight for a place in Arsenal. Then see how it will feel and how his health will hold up and if you want to continue representation. "
So Cech understands, but it could very well be the last time Rosicky gets the opportunity to play for his nation if he does decide to retire from international football.
Arsenal fans will however be pleased that Rosicky is putting a career in North London ahead of his international allegiance - even if Czech fans are not as understanding as their goalkeeper.
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