Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

We’ll miss star man in Belfast: Slovakia

Slovakia manager Vladimir Weiss today admitted his side will miss their star player Marek Hamsik at Windsor Park on Wednesday night.

Napoli star Hamsik was sent off in the weekend 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic and the classy attacking midfielder is suspended for the World Cup showdown with Northern Ireland.

The 22-year-old, who scored in Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Northern Ireland earlier in the campaign, is coveted by some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Slovaks top Group Three, but a home win would change that.

Weiss said: “We’ll miss Hamsik (in Belfast). That’s a pity. The group is still wide open. It is a big match for both teams on Wednesday.”