Robert Lewandowski will miss Poland’s World Cup qualifier against England on Wednesday through injury – meaning Gareth Southgate must turn his attention to three other danger men in the opposition camp.
Lewandowski is out after damaging knee ligaments during their 3-0 win over Andorra on Sunday, a game he scored twice in.
The Bayern Munich striker, who has scored 45 goals for club and country this season, was forced off on the hour mark and will therefore be unavailable when Paulo Sousa’s men face England at Wembley.
So which other Poland players do the Three Lions need to worry about in his absence?
The Hertha Berlin striker, who started upfront alongside Lewandowski in Sunday’s win over Andorra, is likely to be leading the Poland line at Wembley on Wednesday.
Since leaving AC Milan in January 2020, he has registered 11 goals and three assists in 42 games for Hertha, who are struggling towards the bottom of Bundesliga.
However, his international record is an impressive one, with eight goals to show for his 17 Poland caps.
England will therefore need to be wary of Piatek, who is good with both feet and strong in the air, when they lock horns with Poland this week.
Milik will be expected to either partner Piatek upfront or sit just behind him in the No.10 slot on Wednesday.
The Napoli ace, who is currently on loan at Marseille, has scored four goals in eight games since moving to France back in January.
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After being left out of Napoli’s Serie A and Europa League squads in the first half of the campaign, he has since rediscovered his best form at the Stade Velodrome.
While he has only scored once in his last nine Poland caps, Milik’s recent revival in Marseille means he will pose a clear threat at Wembley.
Another Napoli star, Zielinski should play in the No.10 slot if Milik indeed partners Piatek at the pinpoint of Poland’s attack.
He is enjoying a terrific season for Gennaro Gattuso’s men, registering eight goals and as many assists in 36 games, while also scoring six goals in 56 caps for Poland.
Should the 26-year-old start just behind Milik and Piatek as expected, England will have their work cut out on Wednesday night.
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