Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kamil Piatkowski tested positive for coronavirus, with which there are already five casualties in the Polish national squad, confirmed this Tuesday the spokesman of the Polish Football Association, Jakub Kwiatkowski.
Kwiatkowski, who is also the team’s technical director, revealed the diagnoses of both players on his social networks and also announced that he himself has contracted the virus.
The bad news comes on the eve of the qualifying match for the World Cup in Qatar that will face England tomorrow at Wembley a Polish team decimated by the absence of Robert Lewandowski, injured in the game against Andorra on Sunday and ruled out for at least a week.
In addition, the coronavirus casualties of Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich and reserve goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski were previously known.
The Polish team will ask UEFA to admit the line-up of Grzegorz Krychowiak, who also contracted the virus, but according to the medical team has already recovered.
On Monday the President of the Polish Football Federation, Zbigniew Boniek, admitted that “the English team is strong and the favorite not only in this game, but in this group”, but he was confident to “get something” positive out of a match. which can be decisive in deciding who will lead the qualifying group.
Poland is fighting for a place in the World Cup in group I, with Andorra and San Marino as minor rivals, Hungary as an aspiring to surprise and England as the main competitor for first place.
The team led by Paulo Sousa is in second place in the table after reaping a point in Budapest against Hungary and beating Andorra 3-0 on Sunday, while England have two consecutive victories and lead the group with 6 points and 7 goals scored.
The statistics are favorable to the selection of Gareth Southgate, since you have to go back to 1973 to find a Polish victory, in Chorzów, and that same year he drew one with the English at Wembley, but he has never managed to overcome the “lions” in your own ground.
In 2012, in another match valid for the World Cup qualification in Brazil, both teams drew 1-1, and a year later England beat the Poles 2-0.