Goretzka out of Germany opening clash against France

The 26-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder is back in training after a leg injury but will sit out Germany Group F match against the French on Tuesday.

Leon Goretzka has been ruled out of Germany opening Euro 2020 match against world champion France, it was confirmed on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder is back in training after a leg injury but will sit out Germany’s Group F match against the French on Tuesday.

“It is out of the question that he could play in the first game,” Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff said at his team’s European Championship base in Bavaria.

“But he’s a great personality and an important player. I am sure he will play an important role at this tournament.”

Goretzka, who has scored 13 goals in 32 appearances for Germany, faces a race against time to prove his fitness as the ‘Mannschaft’ host title holder Portugal on June 19, then Hungary four days later in their other group games.

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