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How Slavia Prague could line up against Arsenal

How Slavia Prague could line up against Arsenal
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Slavia Prague could line up for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash with Arsenal.

Slavia Prague manager Jindrich Trpisovsky has several defensive concerns to work around for his side's trip to the Emirates Stadium for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash with Arsenal on Thursday.

The Czech giants were forced to field 18-year-old goalkeeper Matyas Vagner at the weekend, and he was sent off after only 18 minutes, but the teenager is likely to be given another chance to prove himself here as Ondrej Kolar recovers from a sinus fracture.

Ondrej Kudela - who was at the centre of a racism row involving Glen Kamara - missed out the draw with Zbrojovka Brno after taking an elbow to the face from Gareth Bale on international duty, and Slavia have revealed that the defender will not travel due to illness, although he would be banned anyway.

With fellow defender David Hovorka recovering from surgery and Simon Deli contracting coronavirus, Jakub Hromada and David Zima could line up at the back, while Jan Boril did not take part in league action on Sunday but will hope to return at left-back here.

Petr Sevcik enjoyed his first taste of action since the turn of the year at the weekend and may finally be ready for a starting role after a long-term injury, so Tomas Holes and Sevcik could pair up in the middle if Ibrahima Traore does not return from a muscle problem in time.

Highly-rated winger Abdallah Sima is serving a suspension in the league but will be welcomed back to the team with open arms for this game, while Nicolae Stanciu - scorer of the second goal in Slavia's 2-0 win at Rangers last month - is also expected to feature from the off.

Slavia Prague possible starting lineup:
Vagner; Bah, Zima, Hromada, Boril; Holes, Sevcik; Sima, Stanciu, Olayinka; Kuchta

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