Russia forward Aleksandr Kokorin to miss World Cup with knee injury
Russia have been dealt a huge blow to their World Cup dreams as their striker Aleksandr Kokorin has suffered a knee injury.
The 26-year-old striker has ruptured cruciate ligaments in his right knee during Zenit’s Europa League draw with RB Leipzig on Thursday.
The Zenit striker picked up the injury after only eight minutes of football against the RB Leipzig in the return-leg of last 16 of the Europa League, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the result which earned qualification for the German side.
According to reports, Kokorin is likely to miss out on Russia’s World Cup campaign, becoming the third player to do so after defenders Georgi Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin.
“Aleksandr Kokorin has been diagnosed with a rupture of the cruciate ligaments in his right knee,” a club statement read.
“The Russian international striker will soon head to Rome for treatment. Details of any planned surgery will be announced shortly.”
Kokorin is a key member of Stanislav Cherchesov’s squad, scoring 12 goals for his nation in 48 appearances, including one in the 2014 World Cup against Algeria, which is Russia’s last goal in the tournament.
The former Dinamo Moscow forward, who has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal, has been able to find the back of the net on 19 occasions across all competitions for Zenit this season.
Russia were drawn in group A of the World Cup alongside Egypt, Uruguay, and Saudi Arabia. Their opening game will be against Saudi Arabia on June 14. They will then face the Pharaohs on June 19 and their final game in the group stage will be against Uruguay on June 25.
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