45-Year-Old Assistant Coach Included In Ukraine’s Matchday Squad Vs. France

With three goalkeepers out because of COVID, retired keeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy might yet add to his 92 caps.

Ukraine have included 45-year-old retired goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy in the squad for Wednesday's friendly against France after three other keepers tested positive for COVID-19, the country's football federation (UAF) said.

Shovkovskiy, who retired in 2016 and has made 92 appearances for Ukraine, is currently assistant to head coach Andriy Shevchenko.

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The UAF said in a statement that he is in "good physical shape" and will provide emergency backup to Georgiy Bushchan, currently their only fit goalkeeper. Shakhtar Donetsk keeper Andriy Pyatov, along with midfielder Taras Stepanenko, both missed the trip to Paris after testing positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the UAF said that goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Yuriy Pankiv had also tested positive. 

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