Mostovoy withdraws from Russian team after testing positive for Covid-19

The 23-year-old winger to miss tournament after finding out he had contracted coronavirus

Andrey Mostovoy had to withdraw from the Russian squad before Euro 2020.

The 23-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 just a day before the tournament’s opening game against Belgium.

Dynamo Moscow defender Roman Evgeniev replaced Mostovoy in the 26-man squad.

What was said?

“There has been a change in the Russian team’s bid for UEFA Euro 2020,” Russia announced on social media.

“In line with Andrey Mostovoy’s unfavorable PCR test result, the coaching staff has instead decided to include defender Roman Evgeniev in the squad for the tournament.”

How important is Mostovoy to Russia?

The winger and forward made his national team debut in a friendly loss to Sweden last October and now has eight caps to his name.

Mostovoy returned to Zenit St. Petersburg last summer after spending a year on loan at Sochi.

He played 33 times last season as the Russian giants won the league and cup double.

And Yevgenev?

Mostovoy’s replacement has only played once for Russia, having faced Serbia in a UEFA Nations League game in November.

But the 22-year-old was a key Dynamo Moscow player, making 29 appearances in all competitions as he finished seventh in Premier Liga.

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