Soccer-Ukraine's Besedin out of Euros with knee injury after Danielson challenge

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KYIV (Reuters) -Ukrainian forward Artem Besedin is out for the rest of Euro 2020 with a knee injury from a tackle by Sweden's Marcus Danielson, a team coach said on Wednesday.

Danielson was sent off after his attempt to track down a pass resulted in a studs-up challenge against Besedin during Ukraine's 2-1 defeat of Sweden in their last-16 knockout game.

Besedin is returning to Ukraine for tests, said assistant coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy.

"We are no longer able to count on Artem Besedin in our next matches," Shovkovskiy wrote on Facebook. "He is forced to leave the team and return to Kyiv for a full examination."

Besedin's club Dynamo Kyiv said that an MRI had shown a partial tear to his posterior cruciate ligament as well as damage to lateral ligaments and a fracture to part of his femur.

In a statement, the club said Besedin's recovery would take around six months and that he had suffered a hyperextension of his knee, adding his injuries would be treated conservatively.

Ukraine face England in Rome in the quarter-finals on Saturday. To show support, all Ukrainian ministers wore the team's yellow-and-blue jerseys in cabinet on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk in Kyiv and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow;Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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