Ukraine have included 45-year-old assistant coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy in their squad to face France in Wednesday’s friendly after three goalkeepers tested positive for Covid-19.
Andriy Pyatov, Andriy Lunin and Yuriy Pankiv each tested positive to leave Georgiy Bushchan as Ukraine’s only available keeper.
Shovkovskiy, a former goalkeeper for Dynamo Kiev retired from professional football on 2016.
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He is part of Ukraine manager Andriy Shevchenko’s coaching set-up.
A statement from the Ukraine FA said: “Oleksandr Shovkovskiy ended his professional career as a player in December 2016, but keeps himself in good physical shape, constantly conducting individual training.
“The coaching staff of the national team of Ukraine emphasises that it does not consider Oleksandr Shovkovskiy as a mandatory participant in today’s match.”
They added that “Oleksandr’s entry into the field can become possible” only if Bushchan tests positive or “gets injured during the match”.
Pyatov, along with midfielder Taras Stepanenko, did not make the trip to Paris, while positive results for Lunin and Pankiv were announced on Tuesday.
France defender Leo Dubois is also out of the game, having been sent home following a positive Covid-19 test.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com. How I make $10,000 monthly in Online SALES? apply the *Social Media Marketing Strategy* and watch your account balance swell. Buy eBook NOW!!!