The fourth round of the 2018 Champions League is set to begin this week, with Zenit Kazan having two big players missing their match against Spacer’s Toulouse VB. The match is on the road for the defending champions out of Russia, with Wilfredo Leon and Maxim Mikhailov missing the match.
It is unclear as to why Mikhailov will sit out of the match but Leon is worried about injuring his elbow with further matches, therefore, they will sit out of the match. This leaves Zenit Kazan to rely on Matt Anderson who has been with the club since 2012 and has been playing with the U.S. National Team since 2007. Leon, however, still played in the Russian Men’s League in the thirteenth round of the season, being named the Player of the Week with his 29 points scored against Yenisei in four sets.
Zenit Kazan sits in first place in the Russian League, tied with Belogorie as they have lost one match this season against Zenit St. Petersburg. The loss put a stop to Zenit Kazan‘s 64 match winning streak in the Russian Men’s League. Belogorie and Zenit Kazan will meet up in the league on January 6 to determine an outright winner, if neither team loses prior to the match.
We’ve won Russian Cup again!?Fourth year in a row ??It tastes great, especially that we had to fight hard against Kuzbass to get it. Congratulations to my friends from Kemerovo for making a good game against us ?? Due to some physical problems that need to be fixed before Club World Championship in Poland, I will not attend Champions League match in France. But I will be back on the court very soon ?