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Jankto to stop playing for Sparta Prague due to health concerns
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Czech Republic international Jakub Jankto
Czech Republic international Jakub Jankto

Czech Republic international Jakub Jankto announced he will not play for Sparta Prague again this season due to health concerns.

The 27-year-old received widespread support in February after coming out as gay and is spending the season on loan with the Czech side from LaLiga outfit Getafe.

However, due to health issues, Jankto will not represent the club again this season.

On Tuesday, Jankto was involved in a traffic collision and arranged a meeting with the club on Wednesday, who announced a mutual agreement was reached.

Jankto said in an Instagram post: "In recent years, and especially the last year, so many things have accumulated around me that it is better to slow down and think about my health.

"It wasn't the best sporting year for me. I am all the more saddened that my health and mental state does not allow me to continue the pursuit of the title and the cup. I can't find the words to thank Sparta so much!"

A statement issued by Sparta read: "Jakub Jankto will be absent from first team duties to deal with personal matters. During this time, Jakub will be unavailable to Sparta Prague and head coach Brian Priske for training or matches.

"Club management initiated a meeting with Jakub Jankto [on] Wednesday morning. The meeting was arranged in response to Jakub Jankto's traffic incident on Tuesday.

"After mutual agreement, it was decided that Jakub Jankto will not participate in training sessions with the first team and will concentrate on his personal situation.

"The club will not provide further information with regard to the player. We ask the public and media to not interfere in Jakub Jankto's personal life."

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