Czech Republic coach Ivan Hasek has revealed he agreed with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to play midfielder Tomas Rosicky for no more than an hour in their 2010 World Cup qualifier with San Marino.
The 28-year-old has made just 44 league appearances for the Gunners since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, with a string of injuries ensuring that the attacking midfielder has rarely been away from the Emirates Stadium treatment table.
Rosicky, who did not feature for the club at all in 2008/09 and was last seen in an FA Cup tie with Newcastle United in January 2008, is finally fit again and could make his long-awaited Arsenal comeback against Manchester City this weekend.
And to ensure that his return suffered no new setback, Wenger came to an agreement with Czech coach Hasek that Rosicky would play no more than 60 minutes of the comfortable 7-0 win against San Marino in Uherske Hradiste.
The midfielder was replaced by David Jarolim after 56 minutes.
"I'm happy above all that Tomas could play, that he was ready for the game," said Hasek.
"I had a deal with Wenger to keep Tomas on the pitch no longer than an hour."comments