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By ESPN Staff
Jan 18, 2006

Dynamo keeper Shovkovsky out for two months

KIEV, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ukraine's first-choice goalkeeper Olexander Shovkovsky will be out of action for two months after breaking a collar bone in a friendly, his club Dynamo Kiev said on Wednesday.

'The loss of a key goalkeeper, who was in perfect form, is like a bolt from the blue for us,' Dynamo president Ihor Surkis told the club's website.

'Doctors believe that Sasha may miss about two months.'

Shovkovsky, 31, played in all of Ukraine's 12 World Cup qualifiers, helping his side secure a first finals appearance.

He will return to Kiev later on Wednesday and will undergo surgery on Thursday. The goalkeeper sustained the injury after colliding with an opposing player in a game against Russian side FK Moscow on Tuesday.

Ukraine were paired with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in their first round group at the World Cup finals in Germany in June.