Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A Russian athlete is under investigation for doping. This time, it’s Russia World Cup Standout Denis Cheryshev.
“This case is currently being investigated by the Spanish anti-doping agency,” says the Russian daily Sport Express (via theScore’s Agence France-Presse). “They will inform WADA about the results of their investigation.”
Cheryshev, of course, is coming off one heckuva World Cup run with Russia. He found the back of the net four times in Russia. And in doing so, took the hosts all the way to the quarterfinals. But with his father making claims of Cheryshev receiving human growth hormone before the World Cup, that’s why we’re here.
For what it’s worth, the winger is just trying to focus on his football. Then again, what else would he say?
“I think we’d better leave this case in the hands of medics, who have done everything right,” he’s quoted as saying by Sport Express. “For my part everything was honest and I think there will be no problems,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old winger has one goal in two La Liga matches this season for Villarreal. He’s currently on loan with the Spanish club from fellow La Liga club Valencia. But despite spending most of his career in Spain, he’s never been able to find his footing at the club level. He spent the majority of his youth career with Real Madrid, but made just two appearances for the senior team. Across 76 La Liga matches (between four different clubs), Cheryshev has just 10 goals and 12 assists.
That is not the player we got to see in Russia. Will we ever see him at the club level? Time will tell. First, it all depends on what comes of this doping investigation.
But with his father’s claims in mind, it’s certainly not a good look.