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Lokomotiv Moscow, which faces Hapoel Tel Aviv in the third round of the UEFA Cup on December 4, began preparations yesterday for the second-leg match. With the Russian season over, the club is planning a five-day training camp starting tomorrow, either in Germany or at a Black Sea resort.

Semin is worrying about his lack of experienced defenders. Captain Igor Chugainov and Russian international fullback Yuri Drozdov are both injured, while Igor Cherevtchenko and rightback Milan Obradovic are serving suspensions.