Marco Verratti has posted a picture on Instagram that shows him recovering in hospital after surgery, along with a message that “the operation went well”.
The Paris Saint-Germain central midfielder has been suffering from a persistent groin injury in recent weeks and a fortnight ago agreed to surgery that would rule him out of Italy's Euro 2016 squad.
He is expected to be sidelined for a total of eight weeks.
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Verratti thanked his fans for their support in what has been a difficult time, and he seemed in optimistic mood.
“The operation went well” he said. “I want to thank all the people who have supported me all these months: my family, my friends, my team-mates, but also all of you who, through your messages, have made me feel important even without playing.
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"I will do everything to return as soon as possible."
Verratti’s absence this summer is a huge blow for Antonio Conte and Italy’s chances of lifting the trophy in July. His energy in central midfield and weaving runs on the ball are essential to Conte’s counter-attacking style in a squad that lacks world-class talent in many areas of the pitch.
Juventus duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli will ensure that the Italians are typically resolute in defence, but the soon-to-be Chelsea manager does not have many options elsewhere to choose from.
PSG confirm news
On Monday morning, a statement on PSG’s official website reiterated that the operation had gone well and that the 23-year-old will soon be on the road to recovery.
“Operated on by the Sport Groin Pain Center and Doctors Ulrike Muschaweck, Gilles Reboul and Zarko Vuckovic, the operation was a success,” the statement read.
“Paris Saint-Germain wishes Marco a speedy recovery and looks forward to seeing him back to his best for both club and country.”
Reports have indicated that PSG are keeping tabs on Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante to further bolster their impressive midfield, but even if the Frenchman joins the Ligue 1 champions, it is highly unlikely Verratti’s place in the first team will be under threat.
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