Russia welcome back Alan Dzagoev to FIFA World Cup training camp

Dzagoev overcame a right hamstring injury to return to training Tuesday as the team prepare for their last-16 World Cup match with Spain.

Published: 26th June 2018 10:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2018 10:18 PM   |  A+A-

Russia's Alan Dzagoev leaves the pitch injured during the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. | AP

By AFP

MOSCOW: Russia midfielder Alan Dzagoev overcame a right hamstring injury to return to training Tuesday as the team prepare for their last-16 World Cup match with Spain.

The 28-year-old CSKA Moscow playmaker was injured during Russia's opening match, a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia, and did not play in their two other group games. 

The Russian team press service said the team did not suffer any injuries in the 3-0 defeat to Uruguay in their final group match on Monday, but Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Alexander Erokhin missed the practice session due to a minor foot problem.

Russia, who have already exceeded pre-tournament expectations by qualifying for the knockout stage, will face 2010 World Cup winners Spain at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

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