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Verratti Euro hopes threatened by groin injury

4:38 PM WAT 06/05/2016
Paris Saint-Germain will carefully manage the midfielder's groin injury to give him the best chance of featuring for Italy in the summer showpiece, coach Laurent Blanc says

Laurent Blanc insists Paris Saint-Germain will take the utmost caution to ensure Marco Verratti's groin injury does not dash his European Championship dreams.

The Italy international, who penned a contract extension until June 2020 in February, is being nursed through the problem as the Ligue 1 champions reach the climax of a campaign that concludes with the May 21 Coupe de France final against Marseille.

That match comes a little over three weeks before Italy's Group E opener against Belgium and PSG coach Blanc is keeping Verratti's international aspirations in mind.

"As you know Marco Verratti is suffering from a groin strain," he said ahead of Saturday's trip to relegation-threatened Ajaccio.

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"He works very hard to recover and he's made a lot of progress, but he still feels discomfort so he is not at 100 per cent.

"He is not capable of starting a game. That's what we are aiming at. So, we take time. He still has some games to play and then there is the Euro, so we don't want to take a risk with Marco.

"He is full of future promise. Unfortunately with his groin strain, he can't start a game, which would be the best for him and for us."

Speaking about the prospect of the 23-year-old having to go under the knife, Blanc added: "An operation? You do everything to avoid it."