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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK
Russian Onopko ruled out
Viktor Onopko
Onopko is on the verge of breaking Russia's appearance record
Russia captain Viktor Onopko has been ruled out of Euro 2004 because of a knee problem.

The 34-year-old defender suffered the injury last month and general manager Alexander Chernov said: "He has already left the squad and has gone home."

Fellow centre-half Sergei Ignashevich pulled out of the squad on Tuesday because he requires knee surgery.

Striker Alexander Panov will also miss out because he is not deemed fit enough to cope with Portugal's hot weather.

Portsmouth's Alexei Smertin has been made captain in Onopko's absence.

Squad in full

Goalkeepers: Vyacheslav Malafeyev (Saint Petersburg), Sergei Ovhinnikov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA Moscow)
Defenders: Vadim Yevseyev, Dmitry Sennikov (both Lokomotiv Moscow), Roman Sharonov (Kazan), Alexei Bugayev (Torpedo Moscow), Alexander Anyukov (Samara)
Midfielders: Alexei Smertin (Portsmouth/ENG), Vladimir Bystrov, Vladislav Radimov (both Saint Petersburg), Dmitry Loskov, Marat Izmailov (both Lokomotiv Moscow), Andrei Karyaka (Samara), Rolan Gusev, Yevgeny Aldonin (both CSKA Moscow), Igor Semshov (Torpedo Moscow), Alexander Mostovoi (Celta Vigo/SPA), Dmitry Alenichev (FC Porto/POR)
Strikers: Dmitry Bulykin (Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry Sychev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Kerzhakov (Saint Petersburg), Dmitry Kirichenko (CSKA Moscow)

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