MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Russian national football team’s midfielder Igor Denisov sustained a hip injury during a friendly match against Serbia in Monaco on Sunday night, the Russian Football Union (RFU) announced in its statement on Monday.
According to the statement "the sustained injury would require at least two weeks of recovery for the player."
"The player is going back to Russia, where he will be undergoing a medical treatment of his injury," the RFU said. "The staff of the national team expresses support for Igor Denisov and wishes him health."
"His [Denisov’s] replacement in the national squad will be announced later," the statement added.
Dinamo Moscow FC player Denisov, 32, received an injury and was replaced in the 51st minute of the match played as part of preparations for the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup at Monaco’s Louis II stadium on June 5. The match ended with 1-1 draw.
Zenit St. Petersburg FC midfielder Denis Yusupov arrived in France joining the Russian national football team as a possible replacement for injured Igor Denisov.
"I am still shocked, but I need to adapt and tune in for the work," the 26-year-old midfielder from Zenit St. Petersburg FC said. "Being a part of the national team is a great honor for me, although the news came like the snow in summer."
"After Igor [Denisov] received his injury, the coaching staff called and said that the team needs me," Yusupov said. "So I packed my bags and set off."
The player said he was on his vacation, when he was called to join the team, therefore "I maintained the shape in poor condition as I worked out in the gym two or three times a week, but did not practice with a ball."
"I arrived to join the team without my own boots and during the practice I used the boots, which I borrowed from [teammate] Roman Neustadter," Yusupov said.
In line with the 2016 Euro Cup regulations, an injured player can be replaced until the team plays its first match of the tournament and upon agreement from an UEFA medical committee’s specialist.
Russia emerged the winner only once in four friendly matches it played ahead of the major European football tournament, beating Lithuania by three goals to nothing. There was one draw against Serbia on Sunday and two defeats to France (2:4) and the Czech Republic (1:2).
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. The Russian football team will play three matches in the Euro-2016 group stage: vs. the team of England in Marseille June 11; vs. Slovakia in Lille on June 15 and vs. Wales in Toulouse on June 20.