New Zenit St. Petersburg's striker Hulk (L) and midfielder Axel Witsel attend a Premier League soccer match Zenit against Terek Grozny in St. Petersburg, on September 14, 2012. Zenit St Petersburg has recently signed Hulk and Witsel.
ST. PETERSBURG - Zenit St Petersburg will be without several key players, including newly-signed Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, for Tuesday's Champions League clash at Malaga.
Witsel, who joined the Russian champions for 40 million euros ($52.59 million) from Benfica just before the Sept. 3 transfer deadline, has pulled a hamstring in training, a Zenit spokesman said on Monday, Sept. 17.
Italy left back Domenico Criscito, Russia midfielder Sergei Semak and Portugal international Danny will also miss the Group C opener in Spain.
Zenit's other high-profile acquisition, Brazil striker Hulk, is fit and should make his Champions League debut for the Russian club.
AC Milan host Belgian champions Anderlecht in the other Group C match on Tuesday, Sept. 18.