Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Brazilian attacker Malcom has been cleared by FIFA to face Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Brazilian alongside his teammate, Claudinho, was initially ruled out of the game after the Brazilian FA requested FIFA to impose bans on the players who failed to report to international duty due to Covid-19 fears.
Speaking to Zenit’s official website about his clearance, Malcom said: “I spoke with my girlfriend about it and said that if I can’t play against either Akhmat or Chelsea, it would be one of the saddest things that’s happened to me.
“Fortunately, we got the letter this morning and I was told I can play. I was extremely happy, this is some of the best news I’ve ever received!
“The starting XI was decided yesterday, but I’m happy I was able to come on in the second half and help us get the win.”