MOSCOW - Lokomotiv Moscow returned home from a training camp in Germany yesterday and held a light workout on an artificial surface near its new stadium, which will be completed in March. Coach Yuri Semin will hold another session for his players this morning, after which he will face the media.
Semin is in a serious quandary over his starting lineup for tomorrow's UEFA Cup third round, second leg match with Hapoel Tel Aviv, due to a large number of injured players, particularly among his defenders.
There is a great sense of uncertainty in the Russian camp ahead of the encounter, with Semin hoping to juggle his squad in a way that will allow him to win the encounter, which Hapoel leads 2-1 from the first leg at Bloomfield two weeks ago.
The feeling is that Lokomotiv is not the favorite team in the game both because of the injured players and because the team has not played a competitive match (apart from the one in Tel Aviv) in almost a month.
According to Russian reporters, both the players and the team's management are worried about failing against a team that, on paper, is definitely not superior, and which is completely unused to playing in the sub-zero temperatures which will prevail during the game tomorrow evening.
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