On the defender of Russian national team under threat of missing the match with Croatia

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Photo: Dmitry Korotaev / Kommersant

The defender of Russian national team Yuri Zhirkov was injured in the match against Spain, and may miss the game of the quarterfinals of the world Cup with Croatia. Confirmation of prior diagnosis reported in the official Twitter-account of the national team.

Have Zhirkov inflammation of the tendon of one of the leg muscles. The exact timing of the restoration of the 34-year-old footballer not called.

At a press conference after the match with Spain coach of a national team Stanislav Cherchesov said that, probably Zhirkov played his last game in the tournament. According to him, the defender started the match against the Spaniards with a sore foot. The coach of the national team did not rule out the emergence of Zhirkov in the final of the tournament in that case, if the Russians he’ll come around.

July 1, the Russian team beat Spain in penalty shootouts with the score 4:3. Zhirkov was replaced on the field, Vladimir Grenade after the break. The match with Croatia will be held in Sochi on 7 July and will begin at 21:00 Moscow time.

The world championship will last until July 15.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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