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The Arsenal keeper's dad believes that his son has the mental strength to bounce back after he was sent off in the tournament opener

Former Polish international Maciej Szczesny has spoken of the difficult situation facing current Poland goalkeeper, and son, Wojciech after his red card in Friday's Euro 2012 opening game against Greece.

The Arsenal shot-stopper was given his marching orders by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo for bringing down Dimitris Salpingidis in the 68th minute.

Ryan Hubbard | Poland Expert

Wojciech Szczesny has bounced back from disappointments before, and with his mature, yet sometimes cocky, attitude, he'll surely do so again. After breaking both of his forearms during a weights session at Arsenal three years ago, the 22-year-old showed he has the mental ability to return from a major setback.
His replacement, Przemyslaw Tyton, then preceded to save the subsequent penalty, as the co-hosts settled for a 1-1 draw at the National Stadium.

Szczesny senior, who was capped seven times during the 1990s, insisted that his son has the character to turn the situation around.

"It's clear, that Wojciech is now in a difficult situation. He knows that it was not his best game, and he will not play in the next game [against Russia]," the 46 year old told TVN 24.

"[He may] lose his place in the national team, [but] I think he has a strong character."
Szczesny Snr. also spoke about PSV goalkeeper Tyton after his penalty save ensured Franciszek Smuda's men took a point in Warsaw.

"Fortunately he saved the penalty. This has made him and the whole team stronger. He will now get the feeling that he was the hero of the opening game - it will make him mentally stronger," he continued.

Poland's next game is against Russia, which kicks off at 20:45CET on Tuesday.