Positive cases force Ukraine to include retired keeper for France game
Ukraine have included 45-year-old retired goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy in the squad for Wednesday's friendly against France after three other keepers tested positive for COVID-19, the country's football federation (UAF) said
Ukraine have included 45-year-old retired goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy in the squad for Wednesday's friendly against France after three other keepers tested positive for Covid-19, the country's football federation (UAF) said.
Shovkovskiy, who retired in 2016 and has made around 90 appearances for Ukraine, is currently assistant to head coach Andriy Shevchenko.
🇺🇦 Ukraine coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy has been named in his country's squad to face France after two of their keepers tested positive for COVID-19.— The Coaches' Voice (@CoachesVoice) October 7, 2020
Shovkovskiy is 45 and retired in 2016. pic.twitter.com/dmQIYqRLZj
The UAF said in a statement that he is in "good physical shape" and will provide emergency backup to Georgiy Bushchan, currently their only fit goalkeeper.
Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov, along with midfielder Taras Stepanenko, both missed the trip to Paris after testing positive for Covid-19.
On Tuesday, the UAF said that goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Yuriy Pankiv had also tested positive.
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