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Demiral Races to be Fit for Euros After Knee Injury


Ahmed Ahmed

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 19:05 GMT

Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral is a race to be fit for the Euro 2020 after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the 2-1 victory over AS Roma over the weekend.

The Turkish defender gave his team the opening goal after heading in from Pjanic's free-kick early in the game. Soon after, he went off after damaging his knee when he landed from trying for a header.

AFP reported that the club soon confirmed that he would need surgery.

"Demiral sustained a sprain to his left knee," Juventus said in a statement. "Surgical intervention will be required in the coming days."

The Euros are set to start in mid-June, and ACL injuries usually take between four to six months of recovery time.

The 21-year-old has had a fantastic season so far and has managed to displace big-money summer signing Matthijs De Ligt in the Juventus first team.

He will be devasted by the injury which now seems likely to cost him a spot in his first major international tournament.