Ukraine’s Blokhin calls up 2 uncapped goalkeepers
Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin has called up two uncapped
goalkeepers for a training camp because of injuries ahead of the
start of the European Championship next month.
Oleksandr Bandura from Metalurh Donetsk and Maksym Koval from
Dynamo Kiev were included in the provisional 26-man squad announced
Tuesday on the Ukrainian football federation’s website.
They replace Oleksandr Shovkovskiy (shoulder surgery) and Andriy
Dykan (facial injury), who have both been ruled out of Euro
First-choice ‘keeper Oleksandr Rybka is serving a two-year
suspension for a doping offense and is likely to be replaced by
Andriy Pyatov from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Also missing was Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy
after an injury-plagued season.
The federation said Blokhin would not comment on the squad until
a news conference scheduled for Monday.
Ukraine, which co-hosts the June 8-July 1 event with Poland,
will travel to Turkey for a training camp from May 15-24, before
heading to Germany and Austria for three friendly games against
Estonia, Austria and Turkey.
Ukraine’s first match at Euro 2012 is against Sweden on June 11
in Group D, which also includes France and England.
Top goal scorer and talisman Andriy Shevchenko was included in
the squad after recovering from injury. He is joined up front by
Dynamo Kiev teammate Artem Milevskiy and Dynamo Moscow veteran
Dynamo Kiev is represented by nine players, including young
winger Andriy Yarmolenko. Champion Shakhtar Donetsk has six players
in the squad.
Defensive midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Ukraine’s most
experienced player with 114 caps, will join the team after his
Bayern Munich faces Chelsea in the Champions League final on May
Goalkeepers: Oleksandr Bandura (Metalurh Donetsk), Oleksandr
Goryainov (Metalist Kharkiv), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy
Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Defenders: Bohdan Butko (Illychivets Mariupil), Olexandr Kucher
(Shakhtar Donetsk), Vitaly Mandziuk (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Taras
Mikhalik (Dynamo Kiev), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk),
Yevhen Selin (Vorskla Poltava), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev),
Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Midfielders: Olexandr Aliyev (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash
(Dynamo Kiev), Oleh Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro
Dnipropetrovsk), Serhiy Nazarenko (Tavriya Simferopol), Ruslan
Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Taras Stepanenko (Dynamo Kiev),
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo
Forwards: Andriy Voronin (Dinamo Moscow), Marko Devic (Metalist
Kharkiv), Artem Milevskiy (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar
Donetsk), Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev).