Italy and Paris Saint Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has been ruled out of Euro 2016 with a serious groin injury.
Verratti had just returned from an injury sustained in February but he has struggled to shake off the problem which kept him out of action for two months.
In a statement released by PSG, the club confirmed that Verratti will have to undergo surgery on his groin and as a result, will miss the Euros in France.
The statement read: “In agreement with Paris Saint-Germain, Marco Verratti has decided to undergo surgery to heal the groin problem that has he has been suffering from for several weeks.
“The operation will take place in Doha on May 16 at the Aspetar Centre – the club’s official medical partner. The midfielder, who recently extended his contract with the capital club until 2020, is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.
“As a result, Marco Verratti will play no part in Paris Saint-Germain’s final matches of the season, or Euro 2016, to be held in France between June 10 and July 10. Paris Saint-Germain wishes the player a speedy recovery and hopes he will soon be fully fit and back to his best for both club and country.”