Shevchenko Ready To Return For Ukraine

LONDON, UK -- Andriy Shevchenko has returned to training with Ukraine and is expected to take his place in the starting line-up for tomorrow's Euro 2008 Group B qualifier against Scotland in Kiev.


The Chelsea striker missed his country's 2-0 defeat to Italy on Saturday with a virus, but he took part in a practice session with the rest of the squad last night and should make the Scotland game.

However, the Ukrainians will be without fellow striker Oleksiy Byelik, who has been withdrawn after injuring his leg during the match in Rome, while defender Oleh Romanchuk is also sidelined with a virus .

Anatoliy Tymoschuk, the midfielder, took a knock on Saturday, but he is likely to be fit, while Andriy Gusin, who missed the Italy game through injury, is back in training and should be available.

Volodymyr Yezerskyi is suspended after picking up his second yellow card in qualification in the clash with the Italians.

Lee McCulloch is well aware the Ukrainians pose a threat throughout the entire team - with or without the services of Shevchenko.

He said: "The manager has done his research and we have had a couple of meetings about them. We know they have quality right through their team. They were the first to qualify for the World Cup with six straight wins so they are obviously a fantastic team."

McCulloch is walking a disciplinary tightrope, along with James McFadden, after the pair were booked in the 1-0 win over France on Saturday. Christian Dailly has already been ruled out because of his second yellow of the campaign against the French and McCulloch knows Scotland need to avoid losing any more players.

He added: "We need to be disciplined and avoid getting any silly bookings. A couple of us were booked on Saturday and Christian will be a big loss to us, but we have a good enough squad with people coming in."

However, McCulloch, 28, insists he will not change his style, despite sitting on a yellow card. He said: "I do not think you can afford to think like that. Just as long as we are disciplined and play well, hopefully, we will at least get a point."

McCulloch insists no-one in the Scotland camp is getting carried away by their wins over the Faroe Islands, Lithuania and France so far. He warned: "We have had a good start, but there is still a long way to go. There are a lot of games and a lot of minutes to play."

Source: The Scotsman

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