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Russia calls up uncapped midfielder Ivanov to replace injured striker Pogrebnyak at Euro 2008

Russia calls up uncapped midfielder Ivanov to replace injured striker Pogrebnyak at Euro 2008

Russia called up uncapped midfielder Oleg Ivanov on Sunday to replace the injured Pavel Pogrebnyak in its European Championship squad.
The 21-year-old Ivanov, who plays for Russian club Krylya Sovetov Samara, had made it into coach Guus Hiddink's provisional squad but missed the final cut.
Pogrebnyak, a striker, was ruled out of the tournament on Saturday with a knee injury he picked up shortly up after scoring the opening goal in Russia's 2-1 win over Serbia in a friendly on May 28.
The Zenit St. Petersburg forward was expected to be Russia's key striker after scoring 10 goals in this season's UEFA Cup with Luca Toni of Bayern Munich.
Hiddink is also missing star playmaker Andrei Arshavin for Russia's first two Euro 2008 matches due to suspension against Group D favorite Spain and defending champion Greece.
Arshavin should be back for Russia's last group match against Sweden in Innsbruck.


Updated : 2021-01-22 15:46 GMT+08:00