Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev has fluid on knee

Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev has fluid on knee

Published Jun. 5, 2012 7:02 p.m. ET

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is still bothered by a knee injury only days before his team's European Championship opener against the Czech Republic.

Russia coach Dick Advocaat said Tuesday that Akinfeev had a slight fluid buildup on his left knee. Akinfeev had surgery on the knee after injuring a cruciate ligament last year, an injury and recovery that sidelined him for most of the season.

The CSKA Moscow keeper only trained lightly Tuesday to avoid exacerbating the injury.

Defenders Aleksandr Anyvkov and Yuri Zhirkov, both veterans of Russia's run to the Euro 2008 semifinals, both left the training with ice strapped to their legs - Anyvkov on his left calf and Zhirkov on his right knee. Both walked onto the team bus and did not appear seriously hurt.


Russia plays the Czech Republic on Friday in Wroclaw in the teams' opening Group A match. If Akinfeev is not fit, Advocaat will likely play Zenit St. Petersburg keeper Vyacheslav Malafeev.