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Georgi Schennikov replaces Yuri Zhirkov in Russia squad

Georgi Schennikov replaces Yuri Zhirkov in Russia squadRussia coach Leonid Slutsky has made one change to the squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Moldova and Montenegro.

Sbornaya Komanda are two points clear of third-placed Sweden and they will qualify for the tournament finals if they win their remaining fixtures.

Russia are available at 1.73 (8/11) for a half-time/full-time win vs Moldova, but it has now been revealed that they will not be at full strength in that game.

Namely, Dynamo Moscow full-back Yuri Zhirkov (66/1) has withdrawn from the squad after suffering a leg injury in weekend’s derby match against CSKA Moscow.

Coach Leonid Slutsky in turn added the Army Men defender Georgi Schennikov (7/0) to the roster, with Dmitri Kombarov (34/2) now expected to start at left-back.

Having largely impressed in the two games under the new coach, Russia look a good bet to secure their place at the Euro 2016 finals.

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