Poland will not include defender Maciej Rybus in its squad for the Qatar World Cup after the player signed a contract with a Russian club.
The Polish football federation reported on Monday that coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has informed Rybus that he will not be called up for Nations League matches in September and will also be out of the World Cup “because of his current contract with a club.”
The left-back played for Lokomotiv Moscow last season and remained with the team after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He signed a new two-year contract with Spartak Moscow on June 11.
Rybus has made 66 appearances for Poland, most recently in November. He was part of the team that played the 2018 World Cup and the European Championship last year.
He has played for various Russian clubs for most of the last, except for a brief spell in France with Lyon. He is married to a Russian.
The federation did not mention the situation of two other national team players under contract with Russian clubs. FC Krasnodar midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and Dinamo Moscow’s Sebastian Szymanski remain tied to contracts they signed prior to the invasion. Krychowiak was loaned out to Greek club AEK Athens after the invasion.
Poland will face Mexico, Argentina and Saudi Arabia in the World Cup group stage.
After the invasion of Ukraine in February, Poland refused to contest a World Cup playoff against Russia in Moscow. FIFA expelled Russia and Poland advanced to the next round, where they beat Sweden 2-0 to qualify.