Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar has been given the “green light” to return against Arsenal in the Europa League, just three weeks after he was injured in the last round against Rangers.
Kolar, 26, suffered a skull fracture after Rangers striker Kemar Roofe connected with the outrushing keeper in the second half of Slavia’s eventual 2-0 Europa League win.
Rangers forward Kemar Roofe was sent off for this challenge on Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar, who had to be stretchered off the field. pic.twitter.com/4d77e1vN3z
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Whilst the match has been overshadowed by that incidence of racial abuse levelled at Glen Kamara by Slavia defender Ondrej Kudela, Slavia have been resoundingly critical of Rangers’ conduct in the match.
This largely revolves around the challenge on Kolar from Roofe which saw the Rangers striker red carded and the bloodied Czech goalkeeper stretchered off the pitch.
But according to one Czech outlet the stopper has been given the “green light” to return to the pitch against Arsenal [iSport].
The same report claims that the decision is in Kolar’s hands and should he play, he will need to wear a helmet – similar to countryman Petr Cech – and a special Kevlar mask.
One person who won’t be playing in the match – which Gers fans are sure to tune into – is racist defender Ondrej Kudela.
The Czech international has been preliminarily suspended for one UEFA club competition match pending an investigation into the abuse, with Kamara also subject to an investigation amid allegations of assault.
The Finnish international’s lawyer has described these claims as “fantasy” and has pleaded with UEFA to deal with the situation robustly.