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Ukraine coach unhappy with Chelsea's Shevchenko

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin says Chelsea's treatment of Andriy Shevchenko means he is incapable of lasting 90 minutes in games.

"In the first place, I don't even know if Shevchenko will be playing at all tomorrow. As far as I know, he will certainly not be able to play for the entire match," Blokhin told a news conference.

"If we decide Shevchenko will play against Uzbekistan, I think he'll be on the field no more than 45 minutes.

"The issue here is not the injury, but the fact he missed so much time and simply won't be ready. He's been training all week, but 90 minutes just isn't realistic."

Shevchenko joined the London club for £30 million in 2006. He struggled to make an impact in the Premier League in his first season and coach Jose Mourinho has often left him out of his starting line-up.

"It's up to the coach (Mourinho) to determine his own line-up. He is, after all, responsible for his team's record. So, in this instance, I can't help Shevchenko ... Let's see how things go. The English championship is a long one."

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