Russia`s Pavlyuchenko to miss Euro 2012 qualifiers

Moscow: Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko will miss the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Ireland and Macedonia with an ankle injury, coach Dick Advocaat said on Tuesday.

"Last night we made a decision that Pavlyuchenko will not travel with the squad to Dublin and Skopje," Advocaat told reporters following the team`s training.

Advocaat said he would not risk Pavlyuchenko, who was substituted at halftime in Tottenham Hotspur`s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, in Friday`s Group B qualifier against Ireland in Dublin or in Macedonia next Tuesday.

Russian media reported that Zenit St Petersburg forward Alexander Bukharov would be called up to replace Pavlyuchenko.

Bureau Report