Lewandowski facing Euro 2024 fitness race after being ruled out of Poland’s opener

Robert Lewandowski will miss Poland’s European Championship opener against the Netherlands on Sunday after sustaining a torn hamstring, the country’s football federation has said.

The 35-year-old Barcelona forward picked up the problem during a 2-1 friendly win over Turkey on Monday. Poland said they would do everything to ensure that Lewandowski can play in their second match in Germany, against Austria.

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“We examined three players who suffered injuries in the match against Turkey … [defender] Pawel Dawidowicz suffered a pulled quadriceps thigh muscle,” a statement said. “In the case of [striker] Karol Swiderski, an examination showed an ankle sprain without significant damage. Both players should return to full training within three to four days after the treatment.

“Lewandowski suffered a rupture of the biceps femoris muscle, which will exclude him from the first match of the tournament.”

Poland finish their group campaign against France on 25 June.

The Guardian

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