CSKA veteran Ignashevich comes out of retirement for Russia 2018

2018-05-14 22:39
Sergei Ignashevich (Getty)

Moscow - CSKA Moscow defender Sergei Ignashevich has come out of international retirement to help desperate World Cup hosts Russia amid an ongoing injury crisis.

Ignashevich had retired from the international game having earned his 100th cap against group opponents Algeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But the 38-year-old centre back will get the chance to add to his 120-cap tally after being called in to replace injured Rubin Kazan defender Ruslan Kambolov, Russia team coach Stanislav Cherchesov announced Monday.

"I thought it was only right that I participate in this World Cup being held in our country," said Ignashevich.

Kambolov was sidelined after suffering injury against Krasnodar in the final league game of the season last weekend.

In Group A Russia will face Saudia Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay and kick off their campaign against the Saudis on June 14.

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