Shortly after recovering from a lingering groin injury, Patrik Schick returned to the Leverkusen team. According to the German club’s website, the 27-year-old striker is expected to miss three weeks due to calf problems. This means that he will almost certainly miss the Czech Republic’s final matches in the European qualifiers in Poland and at home with Moldova in November.
Schick appeared on the field last week after an absence of almost eight months, he saw a sharp match after 231 days. As a substitute, he played against Karabakh in the Europa League group and against Freiburg in the Bundesliga. He played a total of 29 minutes.
The former striker of Sparta, Sampdoria Genoa, AS Rome and Leipzig suffered a minor muscle injury during training before today’s cup match with third division Sandhausen. According to Leverkusen’s estimates, Schick could intervene in the match in Bremen, which is scheduled for November 25.
Schick labored with his groin for most of last year, and in June he underwent surgery at a clinic in Berlin. The author of 18 national team goals has not played for the national team since last September.
Leverkusen also has another Czech offensive player Adam Hložek and goalkeeper Matěj Kovář in their squad. Schick was able to replace the five-year-younger Nigerian Victor Boniface in the position of striker, who scored 10 goals in 13 competitive matches for Bayer this season.