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Injury relief for Poland

June 8, 2005 - Poland coach Raul Lozano has breathed a big sigh of relief having been able to call in two new yet experienced faces into his injury-hit squad as he prepares his side, the only unbeaten team in the Intercontinental Round after two weekends, on a 10-day journey away from home.

Poland have played the first two rounds of the 2005 World League in front of their passionate home fans and lead Pool C with four wins from as many matches but now the world number seven must test the water in foreign territories when they visit Serbia and Montenegro this weekend followed by a trip to Greece in round four.
Pic: Poland will have to play away from this kind of support for the first time
Twenty-one-year-old Michal Winiarski, the youngest player in the Polish squad, returns to the 12 having recovered from an illness, which saw him miss the round two matches against Greece, however, he is still expected to be a little off his best after his antibiotic treatment. But even better news for Polish fans is that for the first time in this World League campaign Dawid Murek, one of the most experienced players in the side with 164 caps to his name, returns having recovered from an abdominal injury he sustained while playing in the Greek national league.

The two changes from the 12 who beat Greece twice last week see Sebastian Swiderski take a rest to treat his overloaded knee while middle blocker Wojciech Jurkiewicz is also absent.

Fixtures between Serbia and Montenegro and Poland have traditionally gone the way of the world number three side yet the last time these two sides played, Poland caused a big upset at the 2004 Athens Olympics winning 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-16).

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