Leon Goretzka out of Germany’s opening clash against France

Leon Goretzka has been ruled out of Germany’s squad that will be facing World Cup winners, France in their opening game of Euro 2020. The 26-year old Bayern Munich midfielder is back in training after a leg injury but has been ruled out of the game as he needs time for some recovery. Goretzka is known for his physicality and great passing, he could have been a great help in stopping the French attackers while also circulating balls to the attack line.

Goretzka had scored 13 goals in 32 appearances for Germany and will be facing a hard time recovering as Germany will be hosting Portugal on June 19 and then Hungary four days later in their other group game. In Goretzka’s absence, Manchester City midfielder Iikay Gundogan and Real Madrid star Toni Kross played in the central midfield during Mondays 7-1 thrashing of Latvia in their final warm-up game. They are the most probable candidates for the midfield position in his absence in the first game.

Germanys team director Oliver Bierhoff said “It is out of the question that he could play in the first game, but he’s a great personality and an important player for the team and he is sure that Leon Goretzka will be playing an important role in this tournament.”

 

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