Petar Stojanović is one of the reasons for Keke’s concern before the moment of truth: The Ljubljana player hasn’t played a single game since the Northern Ireland game
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Brdo pri Kranju is the venue for the the Slovenian national team, which on Friday will face the first moment of truth in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. The opening opponent of Kek’s squad will be Denmark, who received a painful blow before the match with the Slovenians, as they were left without two big stars. But Slovenian selector Matjaž Kek is not completely calm either. David Brekalo dropped out some time ago, Žan Celar is not on the list due to injury, and Petar Stojanović is also looking after Kek’s grey hair.
The Ljubljana international is one of Slovenia’s key men, as he proved in these qualifiers, playing in all eight matches and often being one of the most prominent individuals on the pitch.
But Petar Stojanovic has made the national team this time after a frustrating period in which he didn’t play a single club match! Member of Sampdoria last played in Belfast against Northern Ireland, but since returning to the club he has missed all four games for the Italian Serie B side.
The Slovenian international was absent from Sampdoria’s squad for the games against Cosenza and Südtirol, but then the 28-year-old returned, but against both Palermo and Modena he sat only on the reserve bench. Petar Stojanovic did not play because of a muscle problem, which is apparently not so severe that Matjaž Kek could not count on him. But of course, this raises the question of how a month without a single match has affected him.
That he will grit his teeth no matter what is beyond doubt. Matjaž Kek, when revealing this year’s list, also stressed that Slovenia is at a point where club minutes are irrelevant, as motivation should be at a level it has never been before in the light of the upcoming qualification for Euro 2024.
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