Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti detailed his relief in being able to recover from his right knee injury ahead of Italy’s upcoming Euro 2020 knockout stage run.
Verratti’s right knee injury was a major concern for Italian national team manager Roberto Mancini.
After ruling him out from Italy’s opening two Euro 2020 group stage fixtures, Mancini called upon Verratti to start against Wales after the midfielder had received the green light to return to in-game action.
For Verratti, he is pleased with how he managed to recover from his injury just in time for this match.
“The first five days of my injury, I thought I wasn’t going to make it [Euro 2020], it was hard,” Verratti said. “I was lucky. I got hurt in a weird way. I knew I had nothing to lose. I worked two, three times a day.
“I thank PSG. Thanks to their staff, I reached the European Championship. And also the coach, who waited for me. I relived the nightmares of 2016, already skipping a European is hard. I’m happy to be back.”
Italy finished as winners of Group A and thus will now be looking ahead to the much-anticipated Euro 2020 knockout stage.
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