Lokomotiv Moscow player dies during lockdown training session

Lokomotiv Moscow youth player Innokenty Samokhvalov has died at the age of 22 after suffering suspected heart failure during a solo training session.

According to the Russian Premier League club, Samokhvalov, like his teammates, had been training on his own to remain fit ahead of a potential resumption of the season amid coronavirus pandemic.

“On April 20, defender Innokenty Samokhvalov died. The footballer became ill during an individual training session. Details of the tragedy are being clarified,” the club said in a statement.

Russia is in lockdown until April 30 while competitive football has been postponed until May 31.

“Samokhvalov left a wife and a son,” added the club’s statement.

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“FC Lokomotiv is shocked by what happened. This is a huge sorrow for our family. We express our condolences to his family and friends.”

Samokhvalov arrived at Lokomotiv in 2015 but had not made any appearances in the Russian Premier League.

He was playing for Lokomotiv’s reserve team Kazanka in Russia’s third tier before the season was suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 “It’s horrible,” Kazanka coach Alexander Grishin told ssian news agency RIA Novos. “The doctors have told us the cause of death was heart failure. If the doctors allowed him to train then we must assume he did not have any problems.”

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