‘It haunts me when I go to sleep’: Andros Townsend says Eberechi Eze’s heartbreaking Achilles tendon excluding him from Euro 2020 left his Crystal Palace teammates in tears … and reveals it happened just 10 MINUTES before the end of the training.
- Crystal Palace players were left in tears after Eberechi Eze’s horror injury
- The 22-year-old attacker tore his Achilles tendon a few days before the end of the season
- He had also been called up to Gareth Southgate’s provisional England squad for the upcoming European championships
- Andros Townsend has revealed the impact it had on the Crystal Palace players
- Read the latest Euro 2020 news here, including matches, live action and results.
Andros Townsend has revealed that he and his Crystal Palace teammates were left in tears after Eberechi Eze ripped his Achilles just days before the end of the season.
The 22-year-old, who played in a great debut campaign in the Premier League and joined Palace in the summer, will return at the earliest in early 2022.
The off-the-ball incident occurred with only 10 minutes remaining in the training session, and just before Eze saw a message from England informing him that he had made Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for the upcoming European championships .
Andros Townsend (left) reveals he and his Crystal Palace teammates were in tears after Eberechi Eze (right) ruptured his Achilles tendon during practice
Eze has since successfully undergone surgery, but Palace’s medical staff predict he won’t return until February next year.
And Townsend has revealed the impact the bizarre incident had on the side, which he said was already grappling with the news that manager Roy Hodgson would step down at the end of the season.
“It was probably one of the saddest days of my career,” Townsend told talkSPORT. At 11 a.m., the manager calls everyone together and says, ‘Listen, this is my last season, I’ve decided to step aside.
So we were already in the dumps to work out, and half an hour later – probably 10 minutes before the end of the session, a light session, Eze has gone to turn around like he does and bang, you heard a big doll.
He fell to the ground. He thought someone kicked him, we all thought someone kicked him because it sounded like that. When he turned around and realized that there was no one around him, the shock started to arise because you know what it is.
Eze had received a text message from England informing him that he had made Gareth Southgate’s provisional 33-man squad for the upcoming European championships.
‘The shock to his face when he ripped his Achilles tendon, it haunts me when I go to sleep at night thinking about this young player who has probably been my best friend at the club since he joined, we really helped each other so he can do that. having such a serious injury is really sad. ‘
After news of Eze’s gruesome injury, it then emerged that the youngster would deserve a call-up to the provisional England squad, which Townsend said only added to the commotion.
He said: ‘As soon as he entered the locker room and turned on his phone, a message came from England that he was on the preliminary selection. That made his misery worse and many of us were in tears. It was a sad day.
“He has now had surgery and hopefully he is on the mend and I know the player he is and the character that he is he will come back strong.”
The depth of England’s attacking talent means it may have been unlikely that Eze would have made it to Southgate’s last 26-man squad, with players like Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden leading the way in the pecking order.
However, it would have been a chance to impress Southgate, who has given himself an extra week to name his official squad, due to injuries, the upcoming all-English Champions League final and to see the players one last time.
Southgate will announce its official roster on June 1, just one day before their first pre-tournament warm-up match against Austria.