Bukayo Saka ‘likely to go to MISS England’s friendly with Romania due to a minor hip injury, with the FA assessing the extent of the problem’ with Croatia just a week away
Bukayo Saka will reportedly miss England’s final warm-up match for the European Championship with a minor hip injury, with their first game against Croatia in a week.
Arsenal star Saka, 19, played the full game in England’s first of two friendlies against Austria on Wednesday and scored the winning goal – his first international strike.
But according to the AthleticThe winger has since developed a hip problem and will miss Sunday’s game against Romania at the Riverside Stadium, with the FA assessing the extent of the damage ahead of the tournament starting next week.
Bukayo Saka (above) reportedly missing England’s last warm-up match with a hip injury
Saka, 19, scored the winning goal as England beat Austria 1-0 in Monday’s first warm-up
The competition kicks off on Friday 11, with England’s first game in seven days on Sunday 13 June against Croatia in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
However, it is clear that there is currently no indication that Saka’s knock will keep him from the European Championship.
In addition, due to the intense training schedule prior to the tournament, it is in any case unlikely that England’s players would have played a significant role in both friendlies, with boss Gareth Southgate eager to rest, make substitutions and use most of his squad. .
But there is currently no indication that the Gunners star will miss the Euro 2020 tournament
England boss Gareth Southgate is already struggling with several injuries with key players
Saka had previously missed the Gunners’ Premier League game in January due to a hip injury, but it is likely he will make an appearance during the tournament, although he is unlikely to be a starter.
Southgate also has several other injury issues as Trent Alexander-Arnold has already withdrawn from the squad with a thigh injury; his replacement is named after the game in Romania.
Liverpool and Manchester United captains Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire – both senior figures in the set-up and likely starters when fully fit – are coming back from long-term injuries and it’s unclear if they’ll be ready to take it on against Croatia.