Kazakhstan will have to play the biggest game in its history with a weakened team: three key players missing against Slovenia in Stožice
Source of photo: Kazakhstan Football Federation
While Slovenia has no major personnel problems before the match to be or not to be, the situation is different for Kazakhstan. The Kazakhs will try to make their first appearance at a major competition tonight in Stožice, and they need a win in Ljubljana to qualify for Germany. But Slovenia’s opponents have a problem before the showdown, as they will have to play the game weakened.
Bakhtiyar Zaynutdinov, a 25-year-old football player of the Turkish giants Beşiktaş, with a market value of €6.5 million, is by far the most valuable player in the Kazakh national team. The former CSKA Moscow player has already missed the game against San Marino after taking a heavy blow to the face in his last game and even spending some time in hospital.
The visiting team will also miss captain Ashkat Tagibergen, a player with 48 national team appearances, who will be missing again due to injury. Bagdat Kairov, a Tobol player, was also sidelined by an injury just before the official training session in Ljubljana and was red-flagged for the match against Slovenia.
Since September, Bauirzhan Islam Khan has also been sidelined, having played 50 national team matches for his country, scoring three times.
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