Russia GK Igor Akinfeev cleared to play after being hit by flare
MOSCOW (AP) — CSKA Moscow says Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev should be ready to play this weekend after recovering from being hit in the head with a flare during a European Championship qualifying match against Montenegro.
A flare thrown from an area occupied by Montenegro fans hit Akinfeev in the back of the head during Friday's game. He was rushed to the hospital and treated for burns and a concussion.
The match was later abandoned following more crowd trouble.
CSKA assistant coach Viktor Onopko tells Russia's Tass agency that Akinfeev is expected to be back in training Tuesday and will "probably" be able to face Zenit St. Petersburg on Sunday.
Another CSKA player, Alan Dzagoev, will miss the Russian league match after injuring his thigh against Montenegro.