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Lokomotiv Moscow defender dies aged 22

Lokomotiv Moscow defender, Innokenty Samokhvalov has died aged 22 after suffering suspected heart failure during a solo training session on Monday.

The Russian Premier League club said since the club is still under restrictions, Samokhvalov is training on his own when it happened.

“The footballer became ill during an individual training session. Details of the tragedy are being clarified,” the club said in a statement.

“Samokhvalov left a wife and a son.

“FC Lokomotiv is shocked by what happened. This is a huge sorrow for our family. We express our condolences to his family and friends.”


Samokhvalov joined Lokomotiv as a youngster in 2015 but had not made any appearances in the Russian Premier League.

He was playing for Lokomotiv’s reserve team Kazanka in Russia’s third league division.

“It’s horrible. The doctors have told us the cause of death was heart failure,” Kazanka coach Alexander Grishin told Russian news agency RIA Novos.

“If the doctors allowed him to train then we must assume he did not have any problems.”

Russia is in lockdown until April 30 while competitive football has been postponed until May 31.