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Marco Verratti will miss Euro 2020 opener against Turkey

Wed 09 June 2021 | 22:25

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti is a great doubt for Italy’s Euro 2020 opener against Turkey on Friday.

The 28-year-old again trained separately from his teammates, and

Roberto Mancini

may start



Manuel Locatelli

against Turkey.

Following a year-long delay, the much-anticipated Euro 2020 finally get underway on Friday, as Italy host fast-improving Turkey at the iconic Stadio Olimpico.

Four-times world champions will have vast experience with youth energy this summer, as they attempt to end a half-century of European Championship hurt with one of their most fancied squads in recent years.




Marco Verratti

is still struggling to recover fully from a knee injury and once more today did not train with the rest of the team.

That means it’s impossible to see him in the starting line-up for Friday’s big game, so Sassuolo midfielder Locatelli will take his place.

It is likely to be the same XI that started in Italy’s 4-0 friendly win over the

Czech Republic

last week.

Under Roberto Mancini, the Azzurri have really turned a corner and go into the competition on a 27-game unbeaten streak.

Now, though, they have to do it where it really matters, starting with their Group A opener against a strong Turkey side. Here is the XI that Mancini is likely to turn to on Friday night...

G Donnarumma; Florenzi, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

source: SportMob