It was expected that Willian would not play for Anzhi tonight, after only last week pulling his hamstring in the first leg against Newcastle.
Willian – not fit to play tonight
And sure enough the player, who was brought in from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30M in January, and went off in the first half last Thursday night in Moscow, has been ruled out of tonight’s game with Newcastle.
And as we had mentioned earlier today, we expect Lacina Traore to start in his place tonight, and the 22 year-old Ivorian is not a bad player himself – all 6′ 8″ of him.
Lacina Traore – 6′ 8″ Ivorian striker
The Anzhi coach Guus Hiddink was hoping the 24 year-old Brazilian International would be available for tonight’s game, but it’s always difficult to play in such a short time, even if the hamstring injury was only a grade 1 pull – which is the least damaging.
The 24-year-old is not in the travelling party with Anzhi, and this is good news for Newcastle.
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