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Home-based White Wolves to convene in Tashkent

Tashkent: National team head coach Vadim Abramov is set to make the most of the current Uzbekistan Super League hiatus, calling up 32 players for a week-long training camp in the national’s capital.

With foreign-based stars like Odil Ahmdeov and Eldor Shomurodov occupied with club duties, the squad for the camp – which will run from August 3 to 10 – is entirely comprised of players from Uzbekistan’s domestic competition.

Among them are stalwarts like Egor Krimets and Anzur Ismailov, who are two of the 13 players from defending Super League champions FC Pakhtakor to have been selected.

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FC Bunyodkor - the club Abramov coaches in domestic football - provide six players, and the club’s stadium will serve as the venue for the training camp.

Arguably the most interesting addition to the squad is Navbahor Namangan defender Igor Golban, a former Russia U-21 international who will turn 30 on Friday and is now eligible for the Uzbekistan national team after spending five years in the country.

With a number of players from Uzbek football clubs testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks, the team will undergo a full medical examination before being allowed to participate in any activities.

Abramov and his technical staff will use the August camp to prepare for their long-awaited return to international matches.

Uzbekistan have arranged home friendlies against Tajikistan and Islamic Republic of Iran in September, which will be followed by an Asian Qualifiers clash with Yemen in October, and further ties against Singapore and Saudi Arabia the following month.

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