Slovakia to take Skrtel risk

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been included in Slovakia's World Cup squad.

Skrtel has been sidelined since February with a broken metatarsal bone but has done enough in training to convince international coach Vladimir Weiss of his fitness ahead of the tournament in South Africa.

"There are still question marks," explained Weiss. "In case of an injury anything can happen."

Weiss' son, also called Vladimir, is one of four English-based players in the final 23-man squad.

Midfielder Miroslav Stoch of Chelsea and West Brom defender Marek Cech have also been selected.

Slovakia World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw), Dusan Kuciak (Vaslui), Dusan Pernis (Dundee United).

Defenders: Marek Cech (West Brom), Jan Durica (Hannover), Peter Pekarik (Wolfsburg), Martin Petras (Cesena), Kornel Salata (Slovan Bratislava), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Radoslav Zabavnik (Mainz).

Midfielders: Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Kamil Kopunek (Spartak Trnava), Jan Kozak (Politehnica Timisoara), Juraj Kucka (Sparta Prague), Marek Sapara (Ankaragucu), Zdeno Strba (Xanthi), Miroslav Stoch (Chelsea), Vladimir Weiss (Manchester City).

Forwards: Filip Holosko (Besiktas), Martin Jakubko (Saturn Moscow), Erik Jendrisek (Schalke), Stanislav Sestak (Bochum), Robert Vittek (Lille).

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