Euro 2016 has been hit with injury curse

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With the European Championships just mere days away, national team managers are finalising their squads with some huge decisions being made.

There is arguably as much discussion about players that won't be heading to France for this year's tournament than there is about the ones that will be.

As well as the players that have been cut from the preliminary squads, there are also an unlucky few that will miss out through injury.


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Here we look at five players who fall into this category, and will be big absences for their nations.

Marco Reus - Germany & Borussia Dortmund

The Dortmund winger has been left out of the 'Der Mannschaft' squad after suffering an, as yet, unidentified injury.

He has had a fantastic season featuring in Dortmund's formidable attacking trio alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, scoring 12 goals in 26 games.

His goals record for the national side is decent as well, with 29 games producing a return of nine goals, but creativity and speed are his most valuable attributes.

While Germany have got the likes of Schalke starlet Leroy Sane to call upon, they will certainly miss Reus' quality and experience.

Raphael Varane - France and Real Madrid

The 23-year-old will miss the tournament with a hamstring injury, a big blow to the young starlet after another impressive season in the Spanish capital.

While he missed out on his side's Undecima triumph against Atletico Madrid at the weekend, where they won on penalties, he more than played his part on the road to victory, as he helped Real Madrid keep five clean sheets in the six games he played in.

He has been a key member of the France national team since his debut in 2013, making 29 appearances to date.

Unfortunately for him and his country, he won't add to this tally this summer.

Vincent Kompany - Belgium and Manchester City

The injury-prone Manchester City captain will miss the Championships after suffering yet another injury, this time to his groin.

When fit, he is a key player for both club and country, but he has not been able to stay injury free for long enough this season to sustain a consistent run of form.

He managed a disappointing 10 appearances in the Premier League this season, and with such a poor injury record, his place in Pep Guardiola's squad is under threat.

There is no doubt Kompany will be a big loss to his country's team this summer, as they look to finally realise their potential under coach Marc Wilmots.

Marco Verratti - Italy and Paris Saint-Germain

Italy will be missing a key man in the middle of the park, as Verratti has been ruled out of the tournament with a groin injury.

The 23-year-old has been an integral part of the PSG team that has dominated Ligue 1 over the years, strolling to four consecutive titles.

He has made over 100 appearances for the Parisians since his arrival from Italian side Pescara in 2012, scoring two goals.

Italy have also benefited from his excellent technical ability and tough tackling on 15 occasions, and a return of a single goal in the process.

Both Verratti and Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio will be major losses to an Italian squad that will be looking to spring a surprise on the likes of Germany and France, the favourites for the tournament.

Ilkay Gundogan - Germany and Manchester City

Just like his compatriot Marco Reus, Gundogan will also miss Euro 2016.

The 25-year-old has had bad luck previously when it comes to international tournaments, having also missed the 2014 World Cup due to injury.

He has enjoyed another good season in Dortmund, with Guardiola impressed enough to make the midfielder his first signing as the new Manchester City boss.

Gundogan is a tough, as well as technically gifted, midfielder, who should install some much-needed quality to an aging City squad.

He certainly has the credentials to be a success in the Premier League, but may benefit from a lengthy rest period before his debut season to allow him to regain full fitness for his new challenge.

Five top players all set to miss out on the action which kicks off on June 10 with hosts France against minnows Romania. There are plenty of other stars that will be on show, though, all hoping to lead their country to victory.

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