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Valencia winger, who is on loan at Villarreal but was linked to Everton, will be probed by Spanish authorities after his father allegedly said he had used growth hormone treatment

Russian World Cup hero Denis Cheryshev is being investigated over doping claims – thanks to his father.

The Villarreal winger was linked with Everton in July before joining Valencia on loan.

Cheryshev is under the spotlight after his dad Dimitri allegedly said the 27-year-old had used human growth hormone (HGH) treatment.


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Denis Cheryshev was one of the heroes for Russia as they defied expectations by reaching the World Cup quarter-finals, only exiting to Croatia on spot-kicks

The World Anti-Doping Agency told the BBC that Spanish anti-doping authorities will handle the case.

Cheryshev hit four goals in five games as World Cup hosts Russia wowed home fans by reaching the quarter-finals.

The former Real Madrid fringe player netted the opener in that last-eight clash with Croatia.

Denis Cheryshev says he will leave the matter ‘in the hands of medics, who have done everything right’

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Denis Cheryshev says he will leave the matter ‘in the hands of medics, who have done everything right’

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Left-winger Denis Cheryshev featured for Russia in the 1-1 draw against Turkey in the Uefa Nations League in Moscow

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Left-winger Denis Cheryshev featured for Russia during the 1-1 draw against Turkey in the Uefa Nations League in Moscow last Friday

But after drawing 2-2 Russia exited in a shootout to a side who went on to KO England but lose 4-2 to France in the final.

Cheryshev’s father made his controversial comments BEFORE the World Cup and now claims a journalist misquoted him.

That has not halted the investigation, though.

Denis Cheryshev is on loan at Valencia from La Liga rivals Villarreal but reportedly interested Everton

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Denis Cheryshev is on loan at Valencia from La Liga rivals Villarreal but reportedly interested Everton

Sports competitors can be banned for up to four years if found to have taken HGH without getting an exemption for therapeutic use.

Cheryshev is reported to have told Russian sports daily Sport-Express: “On my side, everything has been honest and I think there will be no problem.

“I think we’d better leave this case in the hands of medics, who have done everything right.”

Valencia loanee Denis Cheryshev insists he is sure he has done nothing wrong

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Valencia loanee Denis Cheryshev insists he is sure he has done nothing wrong

It is thought Cheryshev will say he was taking a legal and naturally-occurring substance – and that this is what his dad meant.

According to the The Telegraph, the Russian Football Union claim Cheryshev was injected with a platelet-rich plasma – protein from blood – which is a legal growth factor.


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