Ukrainian coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, 45, in squad after positive Covid-19 tests

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Former Ukraine and Dynamo Kiev goalkeeper Shovkovsky retired in 2016

Ukraine included coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, 45, in their squad to face France on Wednesday after two of their goalkeepers tested positive for Covid-19.

Former Dynamo Kiev goalkeeper Shovkovskiy retired in 2016, but with Andriy Lunin and Yuriy Pankiv self-isolating, Georgiy Bushchan was the only goalkeeper available for Andriy Shevchenko’s side.

French defender Leo Dubois is also absent from the friendly in Paris, having been sent home after a positive Covid-19 test.

A statement from the Ukrainian Federation said: “Oleksandr Shovkovskiy ended his professional career as a player in December 2016, but keeps himself in good physical shape, constantly conducting individual training.

“The technical staff of the Ukrainian national team underline that they do not consider Oleksandr Shovkovskiy as a compulsory participant in today’s match. “

They added that “Oleksandr’s entry onto the pitch can only become possible” if Bushchan tests positive or “gets injured during the match”.

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