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Thursday, May 16, 2002

Poland winger Karwan ruled out

WARSAW, May 16 (Reuters) - Poland winger Bartosz Karwan will not play at the World Cup finals after failing to recover from a calf injury picked up in a friendly against Romania last month.

Karwan, who plays on the right flank for Polish league champions Legia Warsaw, was unable to complete a set of sprints at the squad's training camp in Germany on Wednesday.

'It is better to take a worse player who is healthy than a better player who is not fully fit,' coach Jerzy Engel was quoted as saying in Thursday's daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

Two contenders are in the frame to replace Karwan - Kamil Kosowski of Wisla Krakow and Tomasz Dawidowski of Amica Wronki - although neither is used to playing on the right.

Poland have been drawn in World Cup group D with co-hosts South Korea, Portugal and the United States for the opening round. They face South Korea in their opening game in Pusan on June 4.

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