Soccer: Natcho doubtful for final Euro 2016 qualifiers

October 5, 2015 23:40


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Israel coach Eli Gutman is sweating over the fitness of midfielder Bibras Natcho ahead of the national team’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers after he suffered a concussion in CSKA Moscow’s 2-0 win over Dynamo Moscow on Sunday.

Natcho was taken off the pitch with a bloodied mouth in the 40th minute after a clash of heads with Dynamo’s Roman Zobnin.

Israel hosts Cyprus at Teddy Stadium on Saturday before capping its campaign against Belgium in Brussels three days later.

The 27-year-old has started in all eight of Israel’s qualifiers to date, playing the full 90 minutes in seven of them. Natcho hasn’t missed an official international match since 2011.

Natcho was named in Gutman’s squad for the final two qualifiers on Sunday, but the coach is awaiting updates on his condition and already called up a player in his place on Monday.

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