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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.
His place in the starting lineup will likely be taken by Roman Pavlyuchenko, the Spartak Moscow striker who helped pave Russia's way to the European Championship by scoring twice in the second half as Russia rallied to beat England 2-1 in Moscow last October.
Russia ended their qualification group just one point ahead of England, which failed to advance.
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.
Hiddink said his young squad will have to step up to ensure the stars are not too badly missed.
"They are two players who can make the difference if a game is hanging in the balance, they've proved that at European level," Hiddink said. "It's like losing blood, a lot of blood. I could keep complaining about it and using it as an excuse, but no _ the players are the ones who have to solve the problem _ show that everybody is replaceable."
After three weeks in training, the young Russians just want to get the first match under their belts.
If they were disconsolate at the absence of their star players, they didn't show it Sunday afternoon in their last training session in the Austrian Alps before heading to Salzburg on Monday to prepare for Tuesday's match against Spain.
"The mood is good ... the players are anxious to start," Hiddink said outside the team's training complex.
Arshavin should be back for Russia's last group match against Sweden in Innsbruck.


Updated : 2021-06-25 11:18 GMT+08:00