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Roman Shishkin: Will Russia Survive Euro 2012 Without Him?

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IMay 25, 2012

Roman Shishkin
Roman ShishkinDmitry Korotayev/Getty Images

Roman Shishkin, who is the right-back defender for Russia in Euro 2012, withdrew from the event. The reason, as reported in the UEFA website, is a stomach complaint without going into details.

The latest exit from the Russian squad was announced by coach Dick Advocaat using the same rationale but going into some detail as to what transpired. Advocaat reported that Shishkin might have lost some weight and had to return to Russia to undergo medical tests.

A report published by RIA Novosti states that Shishkin might have suffered from food poisoning or stress related to Euro 2012. After further review of articles from RIA Novosti, it became clear what happened.

Shishkin suffered an intestinal tract infection with stomach inflammation and weight loss. The news about Shishkin comes at a bad time for Russia after the news of Vasili Berezutski's thigh injury within the past weekend.

How Will the Loss of Shishkin and Berezutski Affect Russia's Chances for Euro 2012?

For the time being, Russia has an opportunity to defend itself in Euro 2012. At the present time, Russia has 24 members of its squad, which is one more than required for the tournament.

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Who Could Step Up for Russia During Euro 2012? 

Alexander Anyukov

Alexander Anyukov is a right-back defender who could be used in the squad. According to the Zenit St. Petersburg website (where Anyukov is a defender), he has the tenacity and mobility needed for high-level football matches.

Anyukov scored three goals within 100 matches. He also started 99 of the 100 matches, as reported by Zenit St. Petersburg.

The same website reports that Anyukov is a dedicated person to his team and country. While Anyukov may help Russia 2012, there is another player who could cushion the blow of Shishkin's loss.

Evgeni Makeev in FC Spartak Moscow vs. CSKA Moscow match.
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Evgeni Makeev 

According to Imscouting, Evgeni Makeev is a defender who plays right-back and left-back. Makeev can also play midfield in the right or left.

Makeev (according to his profile in UEFA) participated in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2010. He also participated in matches with FC Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Europa League.

Conclusion

While Russia may survive the losses of Shishkin and Berezutski, it is hoped that more losses could be avoided. The future of Russia in Euro 2012 may be at stake.

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