AC Sparta Praha forward Václav Kadlec is out until Christmas having undergone surgery on a broken bone in his forehead on Sunday.
The Czech Republic Under-21 striker suffered the injury at FK Mladá Boleslav on Saturday in an accidental clash of heads with Martin Nešpor. While Nešpor had a wound in his head stitched at the stadium, Kadlec had to be taken immediately to hospital for a scan and an operation. His return date is unclear but he will not play again in 2012.
"I would like to thank to all the fans for their support, it really means a lot to me," Kadlec told Sparta's official website. "I feel well now, the surgery went without any complications."
Club doctor David Erhart commented: "Václav has managed the surgery in a great manner. He is a brave man and he is in a very satisfactory state now."
For Kadlec, the injury came just as he was regaining his form. He scored in the 3-1 win against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC on matchday three, a victory that earned Sparta a five-point cushion in in second place in Group I. He also won his second senior cap last month.
Kadlec was due to be visited in hospital on Monday by the Sparta coach and team-mates ahead of Thursday's trip to Israel to face Kiryat Shmona.
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