Football coach Bruckner undergoes spine operation

The Czech football coach Karel Bruckner will be out of action for at least five weeks after undergoing a successful operation on his upper spine. Bruckner, who is 68, will remain in hospital for almost two weeks before a period of recuperation at home. Last week he revealed plans to step down as national team manager after the European Championship this summer. The Czechs will take part in the opening game at Euro 2008 when they take on Switzerland, which is hosting the tournament with Austria.

Author: Ian Willoughby