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Ireland's rivals have been dealt a big injury blow ahead of Euro 2016

The Italians are already without Claudio Marchisio for the competition.

Italy international Marco Verratti
Italy international Marco Verratti

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN midfielder Marco Verratti will undergo surgery on a recurring groin injury and will consequently miss Euro 2016.

The Italy international recently made his comeback after a two-month spell on the sidelines, but he has now decided to go under the knife as the injury continued to trouble him.

“In agreement with Paris Saint-Germain, Marco Verratti has decided to undergo surgery to heal the groin problem that he has been suffering from for several weeks,” a PSG statement reads.

“The operation will take place in Doha on 16 May at the Aspetar Centre – the club’s official medical partner.

“The midfielder, who recently extended his contract with the capital club until 2020, is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks. As a result, Marco Verratti will play no part in Paris Saint-Germain’s final matches of the season, or Euro 2016, to be held in France between 10 June and 10 July.

“Paris Saint-Germain wishes the player a speedy recovery and hopes he will soon be fully fit and back to his best for both club and country.”

Verratti has made just 18 Ligue 1 appearances this campaign due to his fitness problems.

The 23-year-old’s injury is yet another blow for Italy coach Antonio Conte, who will also be without Claudio Marchisio at Euro 2016.

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