Russia's Zenit miss Witsel and Criscito for Malaga clash

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Sept. 17, 2012, 1:36 p.m. | Sports — by Reuters

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.

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