Artem Dzyuba cited family circumstances, according to manager Valeri Karpin
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Former captain Artem Dzyuba will not join up with the Russian national team squad for a March training camp, citing family circumstances and the situation in Ukraine, according to manager Valeri Karpin.
Zenit St. Petersburg star Dzyuba, 33, hasn’t featured in a Russia squad since Karpin took over after Euro 2020 last summer. The pair endured a reportedly frosty relationship stemming from their time working together at Spartak Moscow, although talks had apparently taken place to pave the way for Dzyuba to rejoin the squad.
But a recall has been postponed again, with Karpin citing the situation in Ukraine as the Russia manager spoke to the press on Monday.
“I spoke with Artem by phone on Sunday,” revealed Karpin. “He apologized and asked not to be called up for the squad because of the difficult situation in Ukraine, where lots of his relatives live.
“We had a good conversation and decided not to involve Artem in this training camp. We also agreed to stay in touch and we’ll monitor his performances with his club.”
Karpin named his 27-man squad on Monday for the camp set to get underway in Moscow on March 21.
The group is meeting despite Russia being banned from their World Cup playoff semifinal against Poland, which was scheduled for March 24 but has been scrapped because of the conflict in Ukraine.