Russia star Dzyuba allowed to return to team after masturbation video leak as boss claims axing was just temporary

ARTEM DZYUBA will be reinstated to the Russian national team following his masturbation video leak, his boss has confirmed.

The Zenit St Petersburg striker was dropped from this month's matches after a video emerged online of him appearing to masturbate on camera.


Dzyuba, 32, was subsequently deemed a 'distraction' by his manager Stanislav Cherchesov, and the 6ft 6in target man was axed from the squad.

He subsequently bounced back, scoring in Zenit's 3-1 victory over Krasnodar, wildly celebrating after fans had jeered him earlier in the game.

And he'll be celebrating further still, after returning to national team contention for the next matches in March.

Boss Cherchesov, 57, said: "We gave him an opportunity to spend time with his family and to recover from the shock.

"Our next games will take place in spring.

"Time will pass and everyone will calm down, evaluating this situation under a different angle.

“Anyway, nobody dismissed him. We gave him an opportunity to calm the situation down."

Dzyuba has become a mainstay of the Russian national team after being handed his debut by Dick Advocaat in 2011.

He has since won 47 caps, scoring 26 goals.

Dzyuba rose to worldwide prominence in 2018, when he fired his side to an unlikely seeming World Cup quarter-final appearance.

Cherchesov subsequently appointed him captain.

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