Zimbabwean International Costa Nhamoinesu is expected to be back in action when AC Sparta Praha travel away to square off with Russian side Rostov in Europa League Round of 32.
Nhamoinesu has not been in action since the Warriors dismal show at the Gabon AFCON 2017.
Sparta Prague were relegated to the Europa League from before the group stages thanks to a 3rd round elimination at the hands of Steaua Bucharest, but they have made the most of their time in the tournament. They won four of their six group games to finish top of the group, four points ahead of Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Southampton below them.
The Czech outfit are still in their domestic winter break, as are Rostov. They resume domestic action in under a week, but both sides will be lacking a bit of match practise ahead of this clash.
The visitors are definitely the more experienced in these situations, and they have won six of their last eight games in all competitions. The final one of these was a 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan in their final group game though, and away from home they have only won three of their last ten games in all competitions. This includes two defeats in the Europa League too.
Meanwhile, Russian outfit Rostov will not be easy pushovers. Rostov’s excellent domestic season last season saw them qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Many were expecting somewhat of a bloodbath from the newbies of the competition, but they eliminated both Anderlecht and Ajax in the qualification rounds and put in a more than respectable performance in a difficult Champions League group.