Spartak`s keeper under doubt for Benfica clash

Updated: Oct 22, 2012, 12:14 PM IST

Moscow: Spartak Moscow goalkeeper Sergei Pesyakov is a doubtful starter for Tuesday`s crucial Champions League clash against Benfica due to a foot injury sustained in the team`s 1-2 league defeat to Anzhi.

Pesyakov is Spartak`s No.2 stopper after Andriy Dikan, who is out with a shoulder knock. It may mean a rare outing for third-choice goalkeeper Artyom Rebrov in at Luzhniki Stadium.

"We suspect a second metatarsal bone fracture," Spartak`s doctor Mikhail Vartapetov said on the side`s website.

The 23-year-old Pesyakov has made five appearances this season conceding eight goals. He picked up his injury in the last minute of Saturday`s match in Makhachkala in an air collision with ex-Blackburn Rovers centre-back Christopher Samba.

Spartak lost both their opening Champions League group matches -- to Barcelona and Celtic -- making next week`s game a must-win tie.