UEFA Europa League

Russia defender Dzhikiya injured in friendly, WCup in doubt

MOSCOW (AP) Russia defender Georgy Dzhikiya suffered what seemed to be a serious knee injury in a friendly in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, prompting speculation it could affect his World Cup hopes.

Video footage of the friendly between Dzhikiya's Spartak Moscow and Chinese team Shanghai SIPG showed Dzhikiya clutching his knee and howling in pain.

He was carried away on a stretcher. Russia media reported he was taken away in an ambulance.

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