The Daily Mail is reporting that Russian coach Guus Hiddink may not play his captain Andrei Arshavin in tomorrow’s important game against Sweden.
Andrei Arshavin – may not play against Sweden
Hiddink has praised the genius of Andrei Arshavin, but has admitted today he is yet to decide whether to recall his midfield play-maker for Russia’s decisive game with Sweden tomorrow.
The Zenit St Petersburg player was suspended for the first two games of Euro 2008, after he was sent off in Russia’s final qualifier against Andorra.
Although Andrei is available for the last Group D game, it is a lack of match fitness that worries Guus.
Russia has to beat Sweden in Innsbruck tomorrow to advance to the quarter finals, and that will be a difficult feat to accomplish.
Russia coach Hiddink said:
“Arshavin is a footballer who can make something out of nothing. He can score from anywhere. It’s very useful for our team.”
“But the last match he took part in was a friendly against Lithuania on 4th June.”
“Up until then he had not played much, therefore he may not be in condition to play a whole 90 minutes. We will see.”
It looks like Guus is talking there about whether Andrei can last the full game.
But in a winner take all game, you don’t leave your best player on the bench, even if he is short of match practice, and we expect Andrei to be back leading out Russia for tomorrow’s game.
Now that Keegan is returning from his holiday in NY, we are hoping that Andrei is one target he can tie up sooner rather than later – that would be great.Â 😀