By Richard Clarke
Tomas Rosicky will miss Euro 2008 this summer.
The Arsenal midfielder, who is the captain of the Czech Republic, has not played since January 26 when he limped off after five minutes against Newcastle with a hamstring problem.
Arsène Wenger described the injury as "not a serious one, but a strange one". However it ended Rosicky's season and now has put paid to his immediate ambitions with the national side.
"Tomas Rosicky is likely to miss the European Championships," said Wenger at Friday's press conference.
"He was always on the fringe of coming back, so you always hope. But I think he lives well with it now. He has integrated that in his head for a while.
"He is in a situation where he wants to come back and be ready for next season, but at the moment he cannot play."