How weakened will Slovenia be in November? Erik Janža battles against time, Sandi Lovrić and Petar Stojanović just scare the selectors
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The end of October is just around the corner, and November will also see the arrival of two races that could bring Slovenia back to the big competition after 13 long years. Slovenia is currently in a phenomenal position, Euro 2024 will be assured if it can get at least a point against Kazakhstan at home. If we had beaten Denmark earlier… Then we’d just be watching a parade of champions in the Stožice…
With two games coming up that Slovenia hasn’t played many of in the past, injuries are the last thing Matjaž Kek wants to see. But the Slovenian selector has some reasons to worry, some of his protégés are currently on the sidelines.
After returning from his national team commitments in October, he joined the Sampdoria Petar Stojanović was sidelined with a muscle problem and Sandi Lovric missed Udinese’ s last game. Regardless, both should be ready to play soon.
Janža injures his ankle
Erik Janža, one of the heroes of Slovenia’s big win over Finland, is doing slightly worse. The 30-year-old left wing-back started last Sunday’s match of his Gornik side against Rakow, but only spent a good half an hour on the pitch. Erik Janža injured his ankle, which – so EkipaSN – has already brought him back home, where he is recovering with the help of the national team’s medical service at the National Football Centre in Brdo pri Kranju.
According to the information we have so far, Erik Janža should be at the disposal of Matjaz Kek, who will be keeping his fingers crossed that his players will avoid injuries in the coming days. Especially for those without whom the national team is unimaginable…
Slovenia will play its first match in November on 17. The team will play Kazakhstan three days later in Ljubljana; the Stožice stadium was sold out 33 days before the game.
This text was automatically translated using AI.