The Czech Republic management have denied reports that striker Milan Baros will not be able to play any part in the World Cup due to his ankle injury.
The Czech national team's press officer and team doctors disputed claims made by team physiotherapist Karel Malis in an interview with a Czech newspaper .
Malis had claimed the Aston Villa striker's tournament was over before it had begun. "The hope is gone, Baros is definitely lost and will go home," Malis said. "(Jan) Koller might play in the last 16 if all the saints help us and the tear in his muscle will heal," he added, referring to the Monaco striker who was injured in the 3-0 win over the United States.
"After four hours of examinations in Duisburg, we have brought terrible news to our camp.
"The club doctor of Borussia Dortmund, who used to take care of Koller and (Tomas) Rosicky for many years, told us after a thorough examination in the tomography tunnel that Koller has sustained a tear in his muscle and that Baros has torn a tendon in the foot. For Baros it means the end, for Koller there is a certain hope."
Baros seemed to confirm the news himself, saying: "It is no use, I am giving it up."
Malis added: "Until he had the examinations, the tear was not seen. The scan did not reveal it but the examination in the tunnel did."
However, team press officer Lukas Tucek said: "It is not true, Milan Baros will stay with us and the treatment will continue."
Team doctor Petr Krejci added: "For normal mortals, treatment takes six to eight weeks, but we are at the World Cup. We will try other things, other examinations."