Friday, April 16, 2010
FC Tom Tomsk forward Eugene Starikov is confident that he will make his Russian Premier League debut as soon as he fully recovers from a sprained ankle he suffered last month.

The Florida native said that the injury happened in just his first week of training with his new club.

"I sprained my ankle pretty bad in the very first week and didn't give it enough rest and made it even worse the following week in training," Starikov recently told YA. "I just have been treating the injury for the past month so that's why I haven't been playing."

Starikov, who is on loan to the Siberian club from Zenit St. Petersburg, was expected to fight for a starting position but an injury has kept him sidelined.

A solid first season abroad saw the former Stetson University standout net six goals in 22 matches with Zenit's youth team in 2009.

Sitting in a respectable sixth place after five weeks into the RPL season, Starikov is pointing towards next Friday's match versus Lokomotiv Moscow as the date he will rejoin the squad and try to help Tomsk make a run towards the top of the league standings.

"[My ankle] is getting a lot better and I should be back for this coming week in Moscow!" he concluded.

Tomsk will aim to defend their home turf when they host Starikov's parent club, Zenit, on Saturday.