Hiddink happy to have stopper
Russia coach Guus Hiddink says he has forgiven Sergei Ignashevich for his mistake last week.
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 28/08/07 6:05pm
Russia coach Guus Hiddink says he has forgiven key defender Sergei Ignashevich for his mistake last week.
The CSKA Moscow captain was sent home from the Russia camp by Hiddink last Monday after failing to turn up on time for training ahead of the friendly against Poland.
Hiddink feels missing the Poland game was sufficient punishment for Ignashevich and will welcome him back for next month's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Macedonia and England.
"It was a small issue to begin with and now it's all in the past," Hiddink told Reuters.
"We had a quick talk to clear the air and I'm sure we'll speak again when I see him in the national team next week.
"I think he understands what he has done wrong, so that's enough for me to reconcile our differences."
Hiddink is pleased to have Ignashevich at his disposal as he feels he is as vital to Russia as John Terry is to England.
He added: "He is a very important player for us, just as Terry is for England. He is the backbone of our defence."