UEFA Euro 2020

Leonardo Spinazzola set for months out with Achilles injury

Jamie Spencer
Leonardo Spinazzola will play no further part in Euro 2020
Leonardo Spinazzola will play no further part in Euro 2020 / Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Italy wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola is unlikely to play again for a number of months following reports that the devastating injury he suffered during the Azzurri’s Euro 2020 quarter-final win over Belgium is a ruptured Achilles tendon.

A distraught Spinazzola, who has been one of the players of the tournament so far, was stretchered off in the closing stages of the game in Munich. Not only will he not play again at Euro 2020, he stands to miss a sizeable chunk of the 2021/22 club season while he recovers.

The injury could also cost Spinazzola a high-profile summer transfer. He has been a Roma player since 2019 but the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been linked with an approach since Euro 2020 began last month.

Few if any clubs would gamble on a player recovering from what appears to be a long-term injury, particularly in the current climate when finances across the football world are tight.

Italy progressed to the semi-finals thanks to the victory over Belgium and Spinazzola’s teammates chanted his name during their flight out of Munich.

Italy have come a very long way since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and Roberto Mancini’s team will now face Spain at Wembley for a place in their first tournament final since 2012. The semi-final itself is actually a repeat of the Euro 2012 final.

Spain narrowly emerged victorious over Switzerland, winning a penalty shootout after the game ended 1-1 in normal time and an extra half hour still could not separate the sides.

Either Italy or Spain tie will go forward to the final and face one of England, Ukraine, Denmark or Czech Republic - all of whom are yet to play their quarter-final matches.

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