Italy midfielder Marco Verratti will miss this summer's UEFA European Championship after undergoing groin surgery, as announced by Paris Saint-Germain on May 6.
On Monday, PSG confirmed the surgery was a success, per Football Italia. However, Bleacher Report's Jonathan Johnson reported that Verratti won't make it back in time for the tournament's June 10 kick-off.
Verratti has been sidelined for much of PSG's Ligue 1-winning campaign and only recently made his return to fitness from the recurring groin strain. But it's now been confirmed that the injury required greater measures to resolve.
Italy manager Antonio Conte could use all the help he can get his hands on too, considering his side will line up in Group E alongside Belgium, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland, rightly dubbed this year's "Group of Death."
It was thought Verratti would be able to shake off the injury woes of his 2015-16 campaign to come back and feature prominently for his national team with them in dire need of his considerable engine-room presence.
The 23-year-old joins Juventus playmaker Claudio Marchisio—who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in April—on the sidelines, while Andrea Pirlo, who is now at New York City FC, will turn 37 later this month and may be considered too old.
Euro 2016 will be missing a host of creative midfielders too, following a recent raft of injury blows:
Italy open their Euro 2016 campaign on June 13 against world No. 2 side Belgium, and the chances of the Azzurri making it out of a tough group look to have just become that much slimmer.
Meanwhile, PSG will hope the midfielder's ongoing groin problem will be resolved in time for the pre-season, when they'll be looking to welcome a fit-and-ready Verratti back into their ranks.