BAD-RAGAZ /Switzerland/, June 2. /TASS/. Roman Shirokov, the captain of the Russian national football squad, is training outside the team under an individual program due to an earlier sustained hip injury.
The 34-year-old halfback skipped on Wednesday his team’s friendly match against the Czech Republic in Austria’s Innsbruck, where Russia lost to the Czech team 1-2. Shirokov’s practices are held at the Sportanlage Ri Au stadium in the Swiss town of Bad-Ragaz.
Russian team’s head coach Leonid Slutsky earlier said that Shirokov sustained a convulsion of a hip adductor.
The Russian national football team arrived at the training camp in Switzerland on May 24. Before the start of the European biggest football event, held once every four years, the Russian team was scheduled to play two friendlies - against the Czech Republic on June 1 and against Croatia on June 5 in Monaco.
The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.
The contesting teams were divided into six groups and Russia was placed into Group B, sharing it with the teams from England, Wales and Slovakia.