The Russian Federation announced this Friday the package of Andrey Mostovoy, after a positive test for Covid-19. He is replaced by Roman Evgenyev.
Russian winger Andrey Mostovoy has tested positive for Covid-19 and replaced by defender Roman Evgenyev for the Euro, the selection of Russia announced on Friday on the eve of his first match, against Belgium.
“Due to the unfavorable result of Andrey Mostovoy’s PCR test, the technical staff decided to call defender Roman Evgenyev in his place,” the Russian team said on its Telegram page.
Dynamo Moscow defender Roman Evgenyev was in the 30-man pre-list announced in May by Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov.
Andrey Mostovoy (23, Zenit Saint Petersburg) made a convincing performance last week during the Russians’ difficult victory over Bulgaria (1-0) in the preparation match.
The announcement of his replacement comes on the day of the start of the Euro, Russia starting its competition this Saturday in Saint Petersburg against Belgium (9 p.m.).
Three other nations affected by the Covid
Before Russia, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands have already faced cases of Covid-19 in their groups.
Euro regulations provide that a match can be held if the coaches, who have been able to call up to 26 players for the tournament, have “at least thirteen (valid) players, including a goalkeeper”.
Until the first match of his team in the tournament, a coach can freely replace a player in the event of “serious injury or illness”, medically certified, and cases of Covid-19 or contact cases are one of them.