Euro 2024: Maguire, Gavi and Other Top Players Who Will Miss Out in Germany Due to Injury

Euro 2024: Maguire, Gavi and Other Top Players Who Will Miss Out in Germany Due to Injury

Elijah Odetokun
updated at June 11, 2024 at 11:21 AM
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  • Harry Maguire was dropped from England's final squad to Euro 2024 after failing to recover from an injury
  • The former Manchester United captain is one of the big names who will miss the tournament in Germany
  • Austrian captain David Alaba, who is nursing an ACL injury, was selected as a non-playing squad member

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The 17th edition of the UEFA European Championship, Euro 2024, kicks off in Germany on June 14. The hosts will take on Scotland in the opening match.

Like every other international tournament, some players are unfortunate to suffer injuries, which means they will miss out on representing their countries at the events.

Anthony Gordon, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Bukayo Saka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, St James Park, Newcastle, England.
Harry Maguire watches on as England beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 at St. James Park on June 3, 2024. Photo by Mike Egerton.
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Sports Brief looks at nine players who will miss Euro 2024 due to injury.

Players who will miss Euro 2024 due to injury

1. Harry Maguire

For the first time, the Manchester United defender will miss a major tournament since Gareth Southgate took over as England boss in 2016. He has featured at two Euros and World Cups. He expressed disappointment at missing out on his social media pages.

2. David Alaba

Alaba suffered an ACL tear playing for Real Madrid in December and will miss the tournament. Ralf Rangnick called him up regardless in a unique role he described as non-playing captain, as reported by ESPN. He played in the last two Euros.

3. Serge Gnabry

The Bayern Munich star suffered a torn muscle bundle in his left thigh during the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final elimination against Real Madrid. It was immediately confirmed he would not be fit in time for Julian Nagelsmann to call up.

4. Gavi

According to The Athletic, Gavi suffered ACL damage while on international duty during the November break. It was immediately determined that his season was over and he would not be fit in time for the Euro tournament.

5. Lucas Hernandez

The left-back has been quite unlucky with injuries. According to BBC Sports, he suffered an ACL injury on his right leg in the first game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He suffered the same injury on the left leg during the Champions League quarter-final and will miss Euro 2024.

6. Sven Botman

Botman is yet to be capped at the senior level for the Netherlands despite receiving his first call-up in 2020. He was expected to be part of Ronald Koeman’s side for the tournament in Germany before suffering a serious knee injury in March during Newcastle’s FA Cup loss to Manchester City.

7. Isco

Former Real Madrid attacker Isco joined Real Betis at the start of the season after one season at Sevilla. He featured in 29 La Liga games and was named Man-of-the-Match 19 times. He last played for Spain in 2019 and was on course to make the Euro 2024 squad before fracturing his fibula in the left leg.

8. Nicolo Zaniolo

The Italian winger missed Euro 2020 due to injury and will also miss the 2024 edition. He came on as a substitute during Aston Villa’s 3-3 draw against Liverpool last month but lasted only 14 minutes before he was withdrawn due to a foot injury.

9. Giorgio Scalvini

The 20-year-old was in fine form for UEFA Europa League winners Atalanta and was named in Luciano Spalletti’s 30-man squad. He suffered an ACL injury in the rescheduled match against Fiorentina.

10. Frenkie De Jong

De Jong had three cases of ankle injuries during the season, and missed the last six games of the La Liga campaign. The versatile midfielder tried to be available for the Netherlands, but was ruled out yesterday, as he would not be fit in three weeks. He was replaced by Chelsea star Ian Maatsen.

11. Teun Koopmeiners

The UEFA Europa League-winning midfielder was injured during the warmup for the preparation game against Iceland. He had to withdraw from the squad to Euro 2024 in a second blow for Ronald Koeman in 24 hours.

Players who could play their last Euro in 2024

Sports Brief reported on players whose Euro 2024 appearances could be their last as they may likely have hung their boots from professional football before that time.

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner and 2016 Euro champion Cristiano Ronaldo heads the list. However, he will be 43 at the next tournament in 2028, making it unlikely that he will feature.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.