Relief for Skrtel and Slovakia

05 June 2010 06:21
Martin Skrtel is relieved after learning an ankle injury he suffered in Slovakia's 3-0 win over Costa Rica will not keep him out of the World Cup.[LNB] The Liverpool defender limped out of Saturday's friendly in Bratislava after only 16 minutes and was then taken to hospital for scans.[LNB]But Skrtel has been told he needs only a few days' rest before he returns.[LNB]"It is not too bad, it is just a gash," Skrtel told the Slovakian Football Association's website. "I think that in a few days it will be okay."[LNB]And Skrtel was also encouraged by his team-mates' efforts as they brushed Costa Rica aside.[LNB]"I saw the second half," he added. "I think we will have delighted the fans. We wanted to win this match to put ourselves in a good place before the World Cup. We managed that.[LNB]"Perhaps the only negative is my injury, because to go off after quarter of an hour is not nice."[LNB]Skrtel suffered an injury-plagued season and was only making his second appearance since breaking a metatarsal in February.[LNB]Slovakia won thanks to an own goal from Douglas Esteban Solano Sequeira and further strikes from Robert Vittek and Stanislav Sestak after the break.

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