EURO 2020: Top footballers missing due to COVID and injuries; check full list: Ahead of the much-awaited Euro 2020 this summer, fans have been left disappointed due to the absence of some of their favourite players. Some of the top footballers have voluntarily withdrawn to recover from injuries, while certain others were ruled out much before the squads were announced.
To make matters worse for the audiences, a number of teams have also been plagued by COVID-19 cases within their camps. Although the UEFA is taking strict actions to ensure the rescheduled tournament can go ahead as planned, it may have to come at the cost of certain star names missing out.
In this segment, we shall take a detailed look at some of the top players missing out from the competition this summer.
Euro 2020: Full list of players who are out with injury
Virgil van Dijk – The Netherlands centre-back is recovering well from an ACL injury suffered while representing Liverpool. In order to not risk himself, Van Dijk opted against making himself available for the Euros.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Germany’s second-choice custodian is another player who decided not to take part in the Euros this summer. The Barcelona shot-stopper will use the time off from national duty to undergo treatment on his right knee.
Marco Reus – Following what he termed as a tiring campaign with Borussia Dortmund, Reus pulled himself out of the reckoning for a place in the German squad for Euro. The Dortmund captain expressed his desire to allow his body to rest and recover.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The talismanic Sweden forward was set for a return to the Euros, but a knee injury in May essentially ruled him out of the competition. Zlatan fans all around the world would certainly feel robbed off his genius, especially considering his form at AC Milan last season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – An injury during one of England’s warm-up friendlies spelled the end for Alexander-Arnold. The Liverpool full-back must be gutted and was replaced by Ben White in the England squad.
Donny van de Beek – The midfielder is out due to a groin injury and Netherlands coach Frank de Boer has opted against naming a replacement.
Dominik Szoboszlai – Hungary will be devoid of the midfielder’s quality services at the Euros. The RB Leipizg man has not played since December due to a groin problem.
Arkadiusz Milik – The Polish forward is also out of the tournament owing to a knee injury sustained on the final matchday of the Ligue 1 season.
Krzysztof Piatek – It would’ve been his first major tournament with Poland but Piatek fractured his ankle in May.
Euro 2020: Full list of players who are out due to COVID-19
Jasper Cillessen – Netherlands’ first-choice custodian had to withdraw from the probable squad after testing positive last month. It remains unlikely that he will be drafted back in after recovery.
John Fleck – Sheffield United midfielder also returned COVID positive test and has pulled out of Scotland’s preparatory camp. Fleck will be hoping to recover quickly and link up with his teammates.
Sergio Busquets – The Spain midfielder is definite to miss out on at least the opening game after contracting the virus. Mandatory isolation protocols established by UEFA could mean he might be absent for further games.
Dejan Kulusevski – Sweden left Kulusevski behind at Stockholm ahead of their preparatory camp in Gothenburg after he tested positive. The Juventus man is still in isolation and could miss a few games at least.
Mattias Svanberg – The Bologna defender returned a positive in the aftermath of Kulusevski contracting the virus. Fortunately for Sweden, he was under isolation in Gothenburg and will remain there until he recovers.
Andrey Mostovoy – Russia winger Mostovoy is the latest player to contract the virus ahead of Euro 2020. Unfortunately, he is also the first player to be cut off entirely from the team after being named in the final squad.