Despite being widely expected to be called up to Slovakia for the once-postponed EURO 2020 tournament, Real Salt Lake midfielder Albert Rusnak has been left off Slovakia’s final roster.
Rusnak, 26, has been a near-constant figure for Slovakia since his arrival at Real Salt Lake. He featured heavily in Slovakia’s 2018 World Cup Qualification campaign. Slovakia did not make the World Cup, barely missing out on the playoffs for the eight best runners-up in the qualification stage.
He had been largely expected to feature at EURO 2020 for Slovakia, and Rusnak’s omission will sting, though it does leave him available for Real Salt Lake for an extended period this summer. Rusnak has rarely been omitted from Slovakia’s roster since his initial 2017 call-up.
It will be interesting to see if Rusnak is left out of further Slovakia squads; one wonders if greater shake-ups will come to the nation’s squad following a lackluster 2022 World Cup Qualification thus far. Slovakia has suffered draws against relative minnows Cyprus and Malta thus far, as well as a 2-1 win over Russia, in which Rusnak was not involved.
We have reached out to RSL Communications in regard to Rusnak’s absence, particularly in regard to any heretofore undisclosed injuries that might have precluded him from contention. This story will be updated if news comes to light.