Olexandr Shovkovskyi has seemingly put his name back into the ring to be Ukraine National Teams Number 1 goalkeeper ahead of the start of Euro 2016 Qualifying.
The 39 year old goalkeeper had retired from international football on 92 caps when he suffered an unfortunate injury ahead of Euro 2012. In an interview following Dynamo’s 4:1 victory of Illichivets Marioupol, Sasho did not rule out a potential return to the Zbirna –
“Ви знаєте, ніколи не кажи «ніколи». За певних варіантів … (пауза) не дай Бог трапиться ситуація, яка склалася перед чемпіонатом Європи. Скажімо так.”
“You know, never say never. I’m sure… (pause) lets just hope to God that the situation which occured before Euro 2012 doesn’t repeat itself. Let’s just say that.”
Shovkovskyi‘s ex-team mate and now Dynamo Head Coach, Serhiy Rebrov has instilled Shovkovskyi as Dynamo’s No. 1 and has allowed the highly rated Maksym Koval to join UPL minnows Hoverlya on loan for the season. Oleksandr Rybka is providing the goalkeeping cover but after 3 starts in the opening 4 rounds of the UPL, so long as Sasho stays fit, he looks set to retain the Dynamo jersey.
Over the past few years, Andriy Pyatov has held Ukraine’s No. 1 spot despite some erratic form at certain points. This inconsistency has once again cost him his Shakhtar starting place as Anton Kanibilotskyi has been Mircea Lucescu’s preferred No. 1 at the start of this season.
There are of course other options for Mykhaylo Fomenko such as Anton Kanibilotskyi himself and Dnipro’s Denys Boyko, but the availability and experience of Oleksandr Shovkovskyi will provide an intriguing prospect ahead of Fomenko‘s squad announcement.