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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shirko Sidelined

MOSCOW -- A serious ankle injury has sidelined Russia striker Alexander Shirko. He will miss Spartak Moscow's first three Champions League matches, Spartak's club doctor Yury Vasilkov said on Friday.

Shirko sustained the injury in the second half of Russia's European Group 4 qualifier against Andorra on Wednesday.

Spartak opens its European campaign Wednesday against Willem II Tilburg, then host Sparta Prague on Sept. 21 and the following week plays at Girondins Bordeaux.