Injuries: Who will be missing Euro 2016?
Injuries are bad news. And not just for the players involved, but for their managers, both domestic and national, as well as for the fans. Players love international tournaments and their dissatisfaction is totally understandable. Players put in their heart and soul to get chosen for the national team and after all the extra training sessions, tough competition and best performances shown throughout the season, an injury can be seen as quite the disappointment. We’ll delve deeper to take a closer look at who will be missing Euro Football 2016.
Danny Welbeck - England
What a devastating year it’s been for the Arsenal forward. He returned from a long-term injury to pick up yet another one. This time Welbeck will be out for nine months after undergoing knee surgery on cartilage damage sustained in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City, Hopefully, another long-term injury won’t impact his football career as it will be a real pity seeing such a young, talented player be plagued by injuries.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - England
The 22 year old Arsenal winger also has been plagued by injuries this season. Although his injuries were not too serious, they limit him from reaching his full potential. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knee injury in the UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona.
Marco Verratti – Italy
A definite blow to Antonio Conte’s plans for Euro Football 2016 this summer. Marco Verratti had some problems with injuries this season but it’s his groin which is his latest set-back, as his latest injury, which ruled him out of the European Championship needs surgery.
Jack Butland – England
Jack Butland fractured his ankle in England’s iconic win over Germany in a friendly played in Berlin. He cleared the ball and could be seen limping back to goal, trying to walk it off. Butland looked shaky in goal as Toni Kroos fired a long range shot in the bottom left corner, which finished at the back of the net. You could see the frustration as he punched the ground with disappointment.
Kurt Zouma – France
Zouma just broke into the senior squad of French squad and would have certainly had some match time if it wasn’t for the injury he picked up in his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester City. It’s unfortunate as match time in such a prolific tournament would have boosted the 21 year old football career.
Vincent Kompany - Belgium
We’ve seen Kompany limping off the pitch one too many times this season. But it was the Champions League semi-final clash against Real Madrid which saw the Belgian international receive his biggest blow yet. He will not only miss the European Championship, but there’s a possibility that he’ll miss the beginning of Pep Guardiola’s reign at Manchester City.
İlkay Gündoğan - Germany
Gündoğan must not be happy. His international career seems to be plagued by injuries. He already missed the World Championship through injury and will miss the European Championship because of a dislocated kneecap during training. Gündoğan is an incredibly talented midfielder who will surely be missed in Joachim Löw’s squad this summer.
Raphael Varane – France
Varane’s thigh injury is not a serious one, however, it couldn’t have been picked up at a worse time. Not only will he miss the Champion’s League final, but will also miss the European Championship in his home country. Doctors estimated he’ll be out for three weeks, when the tournament would be well underway. Didier Deschamps decided not to take the risk and excluded him from the 23 man squad.View market