Oleg Blokhin fit to coach again

Updated: Oct 31, 2012, 20:39 PM IST

Kiev: Ukrainian football legend Oleg Blokhin was given the go-ahead by doctors to resume coaching Dynamo Kiev Wednesday, almost a month after an emergency operation.

Blokhin was admitted to hospital with high blood pressure Oct 5 and operated on for thrombosis soon afterwards, keeping him out of his final two games with the Ukrainian national side and the start of his new job at Dynamo.

Dynamo doctor Leonid Mironov said in a website statement that Blokhin would be able to prepare the team for a league clash against Tavria Simferopol Saturday and give team talks but would be forced to watch the game from the stands.

If his condition improves, he could return to the dugout for the next match, Mironov said.

Blokhin was one of the world`s top strikers while at Dynamo in the 1970s and 1980s, and holds the records for most appearances and most goals in the Soviet league, scoring 211 times in 436 games, and won 112 caps for the Soviet Union.

He coached the Ukrainian national team between 2003 and 2007 before returning last year to guide his country through their first home tournament, Euro 2012.