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Injury news and team updates ahead of Dream Team Euros – De Bruyne doubtful, Spain suffer Covid crisis

The last thing Dream Team Euros gaffers want to do is pack their team full of players who aren’t fit enough to play in the opening week.

This round-up should help you avoid any howlers and ensure you give yourself the best opportunity to get on the front foot from the get-go.

Kevin De Bruyne (£6.0m) is unlikely to feature in Belgium’s Group B opener against Russia on Saturday.

The Man City maestro suffered an acute nose bone fracture and left orbital fracture during the Champions League final against Chelsea.


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Marco Verratti is a doubt for Italy’s opener with Turkey on Friday

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Marco Verratti is a doubt for Italy’s opener with Turkey on Friday

He’s since returned to join the Belgium squad, but manager Roberto Martinez doesn’t think he’ll be able to play a part this weekend.

He said: “It is fantastic that Kevin De Bruyne has joined the squad. He looks fresh and clear. Right now I do not expect Kevin for the first match, but that may change if he handles his own program well.”

Having missed the final four months of the season with a torn achilles tendon, Axel Witsel has also returned to training but may have to skip Belgium’s opener against Russia..

France suffered a scare ahead of their opening game against Germany on Tuesday when Karim Benzema (£6.0m) was forced off during a friendly with a possible knee injury.

However, the Real Madrid legend may have only suffered a dead leg and therefore may recover in time to start for Les Bleus on Tuesday. It’s a similar story for defender Lucas Hernandez (£4.0m).

Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to feature against Russia on Saturday

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Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to feature against Russia on Saturday

Germany coach Joachim Low has said that Leon Goretzka (£3.5m) is likely to miss next week’s showdown with France.

But the latest reports claim the midfielder took part in first-team training yesterday and is closing in on a quick return.

Italy take on Turkey in Friday’s opening Euro 2020 clash but Marco Verratti (£3.0m) is unlikely to feature as he recovers from a knee injury.

The PSG midfielder is training separately from the rest of Italy’s squad and is a possibility for their second Group A fixture against Switzerland. Alessandro Florenzi (£3.0m) is also a doubt with a muscular issue.

Gareth Southgate has virtually a full compliment available for this weekend’s meeting with Croatia. The Three Lions have also been boosted with the news that Harry Maguire (£4.0m) is back in training but Sunday’s match may come too soon for him.

It’s not such good news for Spain, whose preparations were thrown into chaos when Sergio Busquets (£3.0m) and Diego Llorente (£2.0m) tested positive for Covid-19.

Spain have since called up an additional 11 players to join their ‘parallel bubble’ amid concerns that more first-team squad members could test positive for COVID-19.


Austria

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Belgium

Injured: Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel

Suspended: None

Croatia

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Czech Republic

Injured: Ondrej Celustka, Tomas Kalas

Suspended: None

Denmark

Injured: None

Suspended: None

England

Injured: Harry Maguire

Suspended: None

Finland

Injured: None

Suspended: None

France

Injured: Karim Benzema (likely to recover), Lucas Hernandez

Suspended: None

Germany

Injured: Leon Goretzka

Suspended: None

Hungary

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Italy

Injured: Alessandro Florenzi, Marco Verratti

Suspended: None

Netherlands

Injured: None

Suspended: None

North Macedonia

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Poland

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Portugal

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Russia

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Scotland

Injured: John Fleck, Billy Gilmour (50:50)

Suspended: None

Slovakia

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Spain

Injured: Diego Llorente, Sergio Busquets

Suspended: None

Sweden

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Switzerland

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Turkey

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Ukraine

Injured: None

Suspended: None

Wales

Injured: None

Suspended: None