ImageAccording to information gathered by the Russian sports website Andrei Kirilenko is one of the totally twenty players who have arrived in Novogorsk, where the Russian National Team has started its preparation since yesterday.

At the same time the press attache of the Russian Basketball Federation, Alexandr Fedotov denied the rumour by saying: "At the time being we can not verify Kirilenko's presence in Novogorsk, we are still waiting his reply to the invitation to join the National Team and we hope he will accept it." in a contact "Sovetskiy Sport" had with him.

This is the second stage of the team's preparation for Eurobasket 2009 and it will end by August 3rd.