Ukraine striker Artem Besedin ruled out of England Euros quarter-final with knee injury

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Ukraine’s Artem Besedin suffered a knee injury against Sweden at Hampden Park (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Ukraine’s Artem Besedin suffered a knee injury against Sweden at Hampden Park (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ukraine will be without striker Artem Besedin for Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final showdown with England in Rome.

The Dynamo Kiev frontman has featured in all but one of his country’s tournament fixtures so far this summer, coming off the bench in Tuesday night’s last-16 tie against Sweden in Glasgow.

However, Besedin was only on the pitch for a matter of minutes in extra time before suffering what appeared to be a serious left knee injury following a wild challenge from Marcus Danielson that earned the Sweden defender a straight red card.

That dismissal ultimately helped turn a gruelling tie in Ukraine’s favour as Artem Dovbyk struck a last-gasp winner for Andriy Shevchenko’s men at Hampden Park as they booked a last-eight spot at the European Championship for the first time.

Their only previous quarter-final appearance at a major tournament came at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Besedin received treatment on the pitch and then on the sidelines as he limped off on Tuesday before having an ice pack strapped to his knee after being substituted.

A spokesman for the Ukraine Football Association (UAF) has now confirmed that the 25-year-old will play no further part at the Euros and has returned to Kiev for treatment after further medical examinations revealed suspected cruciate ligament damage.

“Unfortunately, the striker of the national team of Ukraine, Artem Besedin will no longer help the blue and yellows in the final tournament of Euro 2020,” a UAF spokesperson said.

"After a terrible collision in the match Sweden v Ukraine, the player left the field with the help of medics.

"An initial examination by the team's chief physician Artur Glushchenko showed damage to several leg muscles at once. There is also a suspicion of damage to the cruciate ligaments.

"A more accurate diagnosis can be made after an MRI, but it is clear that such an injury requires long-term treatment, which will not allow Artem to play in the near future.

"In view of this, it was promptly decided to send Besedin to Kiev for examination and treatment at the club. This morning, the charter with Artem on board landed in the capital of Ukraine."

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