Lokomotiv Moscow player Innokenty Samokhvalov has died while engaging in a solo training session during Russia’s coronavirus lockdown.
The 22-year-old’s tragic death was announced dead by the Russian Premier League club through statement and their social media accounts.
Samokhvalov had been training at his property to keep fit with Russia’s government imposing restrictions around football clubs’ training sessions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“On April 20, defender Innokenty Samokhvalov died, the footballer became ill during an individual training session. Details of the tragedy are being clarified,” the statement from Lokomotiv said.
“Samokhvalov left a wife and a son. FC Lokomotiv is shocked by what happened. This is a huge sorrow for our family,” it continues.
Samokhvalov was yet to make a senior appearance for Lokomotiv since joining the club in 2015 and had been playing for their reserve team Kazanka in the third tier of Russian football.
“Kesha was a kind, helpful person and a good friend. We are truly shocked by what happened and express our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” the club posted on its Twitter handle.
While speaking with Russian media, Kazanka’s coach Alexander Grishin suggested Samokhvalov’s cause of death was a heart issue.
“It’s horrible. The doctors have told us the cause of death was heart failure,” Grishin told Russian news agency RIA Novos.”
“If the doctors allowed him to train then we must assume he did not have any problems,” he said.
Samokhvalov leaves a wife and a son.
Moscow residents were forced into a lockdown by Russian president Vladimir Putin in late March as the coronavirus began to become more prevalent in the country.
Shortly after, the Russian government announced a non-working period for citizens that has since been extended until April 30.
Russia has suffered 405 deaths from Covid-19 from 47,121 cases – while 3,446 people have recovered from the illness.
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