Dynamo coach Lucescu may leave Kyiv club early for health reasons

9 April, 06:01 PM
Lucescu has been the head of Dynamo since 2020 (Photo:FC Dynamo)

Lucescu has been the head of Dynamo since 2020 (Photo:FC Dynamo)

It was a case of good news, bad news for Dynamo Kyiv in the 20th round of the Ukrainian Premier League.

The good news is that the popular football club beat Minaj to edge closer to third in the table and keep its chances of qualifying for the lucrative Champions League alive.

The bad news is that legendary head coach Mircea Lucescu announced that he has serious health problems that may force him to end his contract prematurely, he told Orange Sport in his native Romania on April 7.

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"We played in the European Cup in Krakow," Lucescu said.

“We spent 8-10 hours on the coach, and I started to develop coxarthrosis — arthritis of the hip joint. As long as I can, I will continue to work. But I may have to retire and have surgery.”

He did give fans some hope by leaving the door open for recovery.

“For now, I'm not retiring from football, but we'll see.”

Lucescu took over Dynamo in the summer of 2020. The 77-year-old manager's contract with the team runs through Summer 2024.

Earlier, Dynamo players visited wounded Ukrainian soldiers in hospital.

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