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Cherchesov: Zhirkov is unlikely to play in the next World Cup matches

The defender suffered a leg injury in the first match of the World Championship against Saudi Arabia.

Photo by Anton Denisov, RIA Novosti

Football player of the Russian national team Yuri Zhirkov is unlikely to play in the next matches at the home World Cup. This was announced by the head coach of the national team Stanislav Cherchesov, the RIA Novosti reports .

The defender was injured in the first match of the 2018 World Cup against Saudi Arabia. After that, he trained on an individual program. He missed the Match of the third round against Uruguay, the result of which did not depend on the exit from the group.

Zhirkov was replaced at the break of the match against Spain. Instead, Vladimir Granat appeared on the field in the second half. Cherchesov suggested that the defender will have time to prepare for the finale.

I’m afraid for Zhirkov this was the last match in the tournament. He came out with an injury, and it’s good that he passed the time. Now he can play only in the finals.

Stanislav Cherchesov
coach of the Russian national team

In the 1/8 finals on July 1, the Russians won against Spain in a penalty shootout. The main and extra time of the match ended in a draw – 1: 1, and in the penalty shootout the Russians won 4: 3. Thus, the Russian team reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The rival of the Russian team will be Croatia.

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