Big players missing Euro 2020 with injuries

July 6, 2018 Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring their second goal [REUTERS]

The European Championship kicking off on Friday brings together the continent’s best players, but some big names are missing due to injury.

Following are some of the players left out of squads or likely to miss matches:

BELGIUM

Kevin De Bruyne

The Manchester City playmaker underwent a minor surgery after the Champions League final against Chelsea and is unlikely to compete in the opener against Russia.

ENGLAND

Trent Alexander-Arnold

The Liverpool right back sustained a thigh injury after a friendly against Austria in the beginning of June and will be out for the duration of the tournament.

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June 2, 2021 England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold Pool via REUTERS

Joe Gomez

The Liverpool centre back has been out since November with a tendon injury to his left knee.

GERMANY

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The Barcelona goalkeeper will miss the Euros with a knee injury sustained in mid-May.

HUNGARY

Dominik Szoboszlai

The midfielder has not been able to play for RB Leipzig since December due to a groin injury.

ITALY

Stefano Sensi

The Inter midfielder suffered another muscular injury in the final Serie A game of the season, following an injury-plagued 2020/21 campaign.

Nicolo Zaniolo

The midfielder was ruled out for the entire league season with Roma after a cruciate ligament injury in September.

NETHERLANDS

Virgil van Dijk

The Liverpool captain has not played since October, after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a clash with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

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June 6, 2019 England’s Harry Kane in action with Netherlands’ Virgil van Dijk Action Reuters

Donny van de Beek

The Manchester United midfielder has been ruled out until early July with a groin injury.

POLAND

Arkadiusz Milik

The striker, who joined Olympique Marseille in January, was removed from the Poland squad after sustaining a knee injury in the last game of the Ligue 1 season.

Krzysztof Piatek

The Hertha Berlin striker fractured his ankle in May, missing out on what would have been his first major tournament with Poland.

SPAIN

Dani Carvajal

The Real Madrid right back sustained a muscle injury in late April, which ruled him out for the rest of the season and the Euros.

Ansu Fati

The left winger has been out since November with a meniscus injury.

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Sergio Ramos

The Spanish veteran injured his hamstring in May. The Euros will be Spain’s first major tournament without the defender since 2004.

SWEDEN

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Sweden’s forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic acknowledges the crowd after Sweden lost 0-1 in the Euro 2016 group E football match between Sweden and Belgium at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 22, 2016. [AFP PHOTO]

The Milan striker, who has left his mark on world football for over 20 years, suffered a knee injury in May. He had announced his comeback to the Swedish national team earlier in 2021.

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