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Turkey reeling with injuries ahead of Switzerland match at Euro 2008

Turkey reeling with injuries ahead of Switzerland match at Euro 2008

Turkey's defense looks ever more vulnerable after both its central defenders were injured in Saturday's loss to Portugal in the team's opening match of the European Championship.
Central defender Gokhan Zan exited Saturday's opener in the 55th minute to be replaced by Emre Asik due to an injury he picked up while trying to stop Simao Sabrosa near the area.
Zan may have saved Turkey a goal, but his injury could prevent him from playing in the remaining group games and maybe even in the latter stages, should Turkey progress. The next game, against Switzerland on Wednesday, may decide whether the Turks stay in the competition.
Servet Cetin was injured early in the first half against Portugal but did not want to be replaced, he said after the game.
The extent of his injury was set to be announced later Sunday.
"I'm not fine. I think it's unlikely for me to play against in the match against Switzerland," Cetin said. "I played despite an injury. I should have not risked myself, but I had to play."
Turkey coach Fatih Terim said he tried to use players with previous injuries "economically," during the Portugal game, but his options were limited.
Zan had gone through some serious injuries in Turkey this season, and Terim took him out soon after he collected an injury in the second half.
He also did not allow Bayern Munich's Hamit Altintop to complete the game after he recently recovered from a broken foot and is not yet fit enough to complete a high-tempo match.
Forward Semih Senturk came from the bench to replace him late in the second half as Altintop grew increasingly tired and Turkey badly needed an equalizer.
Now with a demotivated team and awash with injuries, Terim knows his second match against Switzerland is extremely important.
"Our second game will be almost a final between the two losing sides. They (Switzerland) also started with an unfortunate loss as the hosts," Terim said. "We have two more games. We won't be losing faith and fight until the end of it."


Updated : 2021-04-22 01:49 GMT+08:00