Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is slated to be an injury scratch for the Italian national team’s Euro 2020 group stage fixture against Turkey, according to a report from the Italian-based outlet SportMediaset.
Verratti has not played in a match since featuring in PSG’s UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg fixture against Manchester City. The Italian talent went on to miss PSG’s Coupe de France final fixture along with both of Italy’s international friendly matches due to a knee injury.
Verratti appeared in training with the Italian national team on Tuesday. The PSG midfielder trained with the ball but did not take part in tactical drills with the rest of the team.
Despite the promising progress from Verratti’s injury, Italy will remain cautious with the midfielder’s knee issue by reportedly keeping him out of the team’s squad list for the fixture against Turkey.
Thus, Italy’s coaching staff will now have to rely on Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella and Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli to carry the load in the team’s midfield setup for this critical match.
Italy will now look ahead to Verratti’s potential availability for its second group stage fixture of the tournament, which will come against Switzerland. Verratti will certainly have to speed up his injury recovery process as this matchup with Switzerland is scheduled for June 16.
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