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By ESPN Staff

Ukraine keeper Shovkovsky eyes first team return

KIEV, April 11 (Reuters) - Ukraine goalkeeper Oleksander Shovkovsky may return to first-team action on Wednesday after nearly three months out injured, boosting the national team's chances ahead of their first World Cup finals appearance.

Shovkovsky broke his collarbone during a friendly in January and played his first match since the injury for Dynamo Kiev's second team at the weekend.

'I didn't feel particularly nervous. I felt the same as I do before any game for Dynamo or the national team,' Shovkovsky told Dynamo Kiev's official Web site (

'It's vital for me to regain my confidence as quickly as possible. Training is one thing, but it doesn't compare with a match,' the 31-year-old goalkeeper said.

In a game watched by Ukraine's goalkeeping coach Yuri Romensky, Dynamo II defeated Boryspil Borysfen 2-1 in a second division game. The goal Shovkovsky conceded was a penalty.

'Rehabilitation after such a serious break is no small matter,' said Shovkovsky, who has more than 60 caps.

Kiev coach Anatoly Demyanenko has said Shovkovsky might play a part in the first team's Cup semi-final second leg against Karpaty Lviv on Wednesday. Dynamo won the first leg 2-0.

Ukraine are drawn with Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in the opening round of the month-long World Cup in Germany, which begins on June 9.