Wales midfielder Joe Allen is set to miss Euro 2020 after being ruled out for the rest of the Championship season with a ruptured Achilles injury.
The 29-year-old sustained this setback in Stoke City’s convincing 5-1 win over Hull City, which lifted the Potters to 17th place in the Championship table.
How much will Wales miss Allen? Five key things to know…
- Allen has to date represented Swansea City, Wrexham, Liverpool and Stoke City at club level.
- The central midfielder has been capped 53 times for Wales and was ever-present during his nation’s Euro 2016 campaign.
- He’s been an integral part of Ryan Giggs‘ team, who are set to play at this summer’s international tournament.
- Wales are set to play Turkey, Italy and Switzerland in Group A.
- Allen went off in Stoke’s 5-1 win over Hull City with a ruptured Achilles injury.
Having been near-ever present this season — with his only previous absences due to suspension — Allen was stretched off on the stroke of half-time after being fouled by Hull midfielder Daniel Batty.
His unfortunate knock will come as a blow to Wales, who are making plans for a second consecutive European championship finals appearance.
Allen played in all but one of the Dragons’ eight Uefa Euro qualifying games and was only missing from the squad that secured a 2-0 win in Azerbaijan. The 53-time capped international played the full 90 minutes in his side’s other qualifying outings.
Allen did not contribute with a goal or assist, but his calm presence and ball-recycling skills are invaluable to Ryan Giggs’ team and Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has lamented the timing of the injury.
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“He’s ruptured his Achilles, he had to be helped off at half time,” O’Neill told BBC Radio Stoke.
“You fear the worst, you hope for the player it is not the case, but the news is not what we hoped for and he will need surgery this week.
“It’s a huge loss, he’s a terrific player and a terrific lad. I am gutted for him, he had so much to look forward to with Euro 2020 as well.
“I am gutted for the player and it takes the shine off a 5-1 victory.”