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Italy forward Zaniolo to miss Euro 2024 due to foot injury

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 May 2024

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Italy forward Nicolo Zaniolo will miss Euro 2024 after suffering a foot injury during Aston Villa’s Premier League draw with Liverpool on Monday.

Zaniolo – who joined Unai Emery’s side on a season-long loan from Galatasaray last August – came on as a second-half substitute as they fought back from 3-1 down to clinch a 3-3 draw at Villa Park.

That result moved Villa closer to securing Champions League qualification, which was confirmed when Tottenham lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City on Tuesday.

Zaniolo only lasted 14 minutes following his 65th-minute introduction before being withdrawn himself, though, and scans have shown he sustained a microfracture to his foot.

The 24-year-old has now confirmed he will be unable to feature in Italy’s title defence at the Euros, with their Group B campaign set to begin against Albania on June 15.

In a post to his Instagram account, Zaniolo wrote: “Thank you for your support in these hours, to you Villans and to the many Italian and Turkish fans. I can’t wait to get back on the field stronger than before!

“Unfortunately, I will have to give up my dream of representing my country in a major competition. But that day will come, I’m sure, and it will be beautiful! Come on Azzurri!”

Zaniolo also missed Italy’s triumphant run at the delayed Euro 2020 three years ago as he was recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament.

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