[Source] - Ukraine have been forced to turn to their assistant head coach in a bid to solve their goalkeeping crisis ahead of their friendly against France.
Andriy Shevchenko has been left with just one fit shot-stopper in the form of Dynamo Kiev's Georgiy Bushchan, after three others all tested positive for Covid-19.
As a result, 45-year-old Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, who last played for his country in 2012, is set to take his place on the bench to face the world champion
We're all cheering for the same thing here right? We want to see 45-year old Oleksandr Shovkovskiy (the most Eastern European name I can think of) between the pipes tonight. I don't care if it's a friendly and the plan is for him not to see any time on the field, all it takes is one injury, one sickness, one weird play and it's time to go to the backup keeper. Really it just goes to show we need more assistant coaches in sports that can line up if need be. We all love chaos and this is one way we can get chaos. Oh, your 2 guard is off tonight? Well get Sam Cassell out there for a few minutes of run. Brady needs a breather? Byron Leftwich should have to suit up. Speaking of suiting up, I still want to see every sport adopt baseball rules and make coaches wear full uniforms. Give me Andy Reid in shoulder pads and his mask on the sidelines calling in plays for Mahomes. Give me Pop in a defensive stance wearing a full Spurs jersey.
And I get that there are coronavirus tests and what not. But you're telling me there's not some younger goalie in the country that you can call up for a match? Let some 16 year old prodigy get some run or something like that. Seems like that's better off from a development standpoint vs a 45-year old. Then again, content always plays.