Verratti under injury cloud ahead of Italy’s Nations League games


Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Stade Rennes – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – February 11, 2022 Paris St Germain’s Marco Verratti warms up before the match REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files

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Sep 19 (Reuters) – Italy may be without Marco Verratti for upcoming Nations League games after the Paris St Germain midfielder had to be substituted on Sunday with a calf injury.

Verratti was forced off the field in the 64th minute of the 1-0 Ligue 1 win at Olympique Lyonnais and PSG coach Christophe Galtier said he would be examined on Monday.

“I’m worried because if Marco can’t continue, it’s because he’s injured,” Galtier told reporters.

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“He was supposed to join his national team tonight but he will return to Paris to do some tests.

“It’s a punch in the calf, a pretty big one.”

Italy host England in Milan on Friday before traveling to Budapest three days later to meet Hungary.

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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