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Ukraine will name their 45-year-old COACH as a goalkeeper on the bench for France friendly - four years after he retired - with three other stoppers ruled out due to coronavirus Ukraine face France in an international friendly on Wednesday evening  The Eastern European nation face a goalkeeping crisis - with just one player fit  Their 45-year-old assistant coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy will be on the bench The former Dynamo Kiev shot-stopper retired from football in 2016 

By Harry Slavin For Mailonline

Published: 11:22 BST, 7 October 2020 | Updated: 11:36 BST, 7 October 2020

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Ukraine have been forced to turn to their assistant head coach in a bid to solve their goalkeeping crisis ahead of their friendly against France.

Andriy Shevchenko has been left with just one fit shot-stopper in the form of Dynamo Kiev's Georgiy Bushchan, after three others all tested positive for Covid-19.

As a result, 45-year-old Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, who last played for his country in 2012, is set to take his place on the bench to face the world champions. 

Oleksandr Shovkovskiy retired from football in 2016, having made 92 appearances for Ukraine

Oleksandr Shovkovskiy retired from football in 2016, having made 92 appearances for Ukraine

Confirming the news in a statement on their official website, the country's football association said: 'Due to the fact that there is only one healthy goalkeeper left in the national team of

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