BAD WALTERSDORF, Austria, June 5 Poland winger
Jakub Blaszczykowski will miss Euro 2008 after aggravating a
hamstring injury in training on Thursday.
"A medical examination and a consequent diagnosis showed it
would be impossible for the player to be fit for the group
stage," team spokeswoman Marta Alf said in a statement.
"Therefore a decision was made to request (organisers) UEFA
to approve the replacement of Blaszczykowski with Hertha Berlin
player Lukasz Piszczek."
The 23-year-old Piszczek made his debut in a friendly
against Estonia in February and has three caps.
Blaszczykowski, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, picked up
the injury last month and had been sidelined for two weeks.
Coach Leo Beenhakker looked upon the winger as one of the
key players in Poland's bid to reach the last eight in their
first appearance in the Euro finals.
Beenhakker also omitted left back Grzegorz Bronowicki from
his provisional squad last month because of a knee injury and
will have to field a makeshift defence in the opening match
against Group B rivals Germany in Klagenfurt on Sunday.
Poland also play co-hosts Austria in Vienna on June 12 and
Croatia in Klagenfurt four days later.
(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; editing by Tony Jimenez)