Yuri Zhirkov is a major doubt for Russia’s upcoming World Cup game with Croatia. This is a quarter-final clash that could ultimately replace the show into the semifinals – a feat that they last achieved during the Euro 2008 competition. Zhirkov was a surprise candidate in the Russian national team squad, but the former Chelsea winger has certainly justified his inclusion by being able to perform admirably over the course of the tournament. He played a crucial role in the victory over Spain on penalties. It was one of the remarkable results for Russia, as they were facing backs against the wall for much of the 120 minutes before winning the game on penalties.
“In the coming days he will undergo treatment at the location of the national team. The exact terms of his return at the moment cannot be revealed,” said a statement on Russia’s Twitter account. The experience of players likeZhirkov has always been crucial in major tournaments, but it is even more important considering that Croatia are a talented bunch of players capable of dominating position.