Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel’s hands Slovakia a boost ahead of Scotland clash



Slovakia have been handed a much-needed boost after captain Martin Skrtel returned to training following nose surgery.

The former Liverpool defender linked up with his fellow countrymen on Wednesday after undergoing an operation to mend a broken nose two days earlier, and is desperate to be fit for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying visit of Scotland.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury in Fenerbahce’s Europa League clash with Feyenoord last Thursday but still managed to play in Sunday’s Turkish top-flight outing against Osmanlispor with the aid of a protective face mask.

Skrtel posted this picture from hospital on Instagram
Skrtel posted this picture from hospital on Instagram

The sight of Skrtel returning to training was welcomed by head coach Jan Kozak after Slovakia’s preparations for the double header against Slovenia and Scotland suffered a series of set-backs.

Winger Vladimir Weiss was dropped from the squad on Monday amid allegations that he was caught drink-driving, while Ondrej Duda,Viktor Pecovský, Peter Pekarík and Norbert Gyömbér are all out injured.

Skrtel is suspended for Saturday’s clash in Ljubljana after being sent off for a stamp on Harry Kane in last month’s opening Group F defeat to England but now looks set to face Gordon Strachan’s side in Trnava.