Uzbekistan cast announced
Abu Dhabi: Head coach Hector Cuper has announced Uzbekistan's final squad of 23 for their AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 challenge.
Odiljon Xamrobekov, who is tipped to shine, made the cut but players such as Dilshod Rakhmatullaev and Ivan Nagaev, who suffered an injury during training, missed out.
Marat Bikmaev and Sardor Rashidov will lead the charge for goals as Cuper selected only two out and out forwards.
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Uzbekistan are in Group F, where they have four-time champions Japan, Oman and Turkmenistan for company.
Cuper's side will open their AFC Asian Cup campaign against Oman at the Sharjah Stadium on January 9, before playing Turkmenistan and Japan on January 13 and 17 respectively.
Goalkeepers: Ignatiy Nesterov (FC Lokomotiv), Utkir Yusupov (FC Kokand-1912), Sanjar Kuvvatov (FC Nasaf).
Defenders: Egor Krimets (FC Pakhtakor), Anzur Ismailov (FC Lokomotiv), Doston Tursunov (Renofa Yamaguchi, J-League), Islam Tukhtahodjaev (FC Lokomotiv), Oleg Zoteev (FC Lokomotiv), Farrukh Sayfiev (FC Pakhtakor), Akmal Shorakhmedov (FC Pakhtakor), Davron Khashimov (FC Navbahor).
Midfielders: Odiljon Xamrobekov (FC Nasaf), Odil Ahmedov (Shanghai SIPG, Chinese Super League), Otabek Shukurov (Sharjah, UAE), Fozil Musaev (Jubilo Iwata, J-League), Jaloliddin Masharipov (FC Pakhtakor), Aziz Turgunbaev (FC Navbahor), Doston Hamdamov (FC Anji, Russian Premier League), Javokhir Sidikov (FC Kokand-1912), Ikromjon Alibaev (FC Seoul, K-League), Eldor Shomurodov (FC Rostov, Russian Premier League).
Forwards: Marat Bikmaev (FC Lokomotiv), Sardor Rashidov (FC Lokomotiv).
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