Joe Allen, the magnificent midfielder for the Stoke and Welsh team is ruled out of the Euro 2020 after suffering a ruptured Achilles.
Popular Welsh midfielder and stylish playmaker Joe Allen suffered an unfortunate on-field injury, rupturing his Achilles tendon from a harsh tackle by Dan Batty right at half time while playing for Stoke. He fell hard and was carried out on a stretcher from the field by medics after being unable to stand. Although Stokes went on to win the Championship against Hull with an impressive 5 – 1, the stellar performer who has appeared in over 39 matches for his club and country will be sorely missed at the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament to be held in June.
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The injury could spell a significant risk for the Wales national side in the upcoming Euro 2020 as the star player will most probably be out of playing form. This is a huge blow to the Welsh national team and more so for the Welsh team manager Ryan Griggs. Stoke team manager Michael O’Neill confirmed Allen’s injury and explained its severity, saying “He’s ruptured his Achilles, he had to be helped off at a half time.” Reiterating the worst fears of Welsh fans, the manager went on to say that this will be a huge loss as he is one of the most dependable and skilled players in the Welsh squad for the upcoming European Championship 2020.
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The Euro 2020 is the third European Championship tournament for the Welsh squad and the dismissal of Allen will surely affect the team’s overall performance in the pan-European championship. It is worth noting that Joe Allen was prominent in helping Wales reach the semi-finals of the 2016 Euro Cup and fans were waiting excitedly for the magnificent midfielder to repeat his performance this year as well.