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Turkey hit by news that Emre will miss match against Switzerland at European Championship

Turkey hit by news that Emre will miss match against Switzerland at European Championship

Turkey's preparations for Wednesday's crucial European Championship match against Switzerland have been rattled by the news that captain Emre Belozoglu will the game because of a leg injury.
Turkey wrapped up its preparations for the game with a final training session at St. Jakob Park in Basel on Tuesday and coach Fatih Terim announced that the key midfielder had an edema, a swelling caused by a buildup of fluid.
"The fact that Emre will not play is not only about substituting one player for another. Emre's role in the team is not that simple," a visibly upset Terim said, his voice much hoarser than usual.
Terim has mentored Emre since coaching him at Galatasaray, where the young player starred in the Istanbul club's surprise charge to the Europe's UEFA Cup and Super Cup.
But despite the shock, Terim said his team could not use Emre's absence as a reason for failure.
"We may miss some players. But this cannot be an excuse," he said. "We will always have 11 players to play."
The team had already been distressed by injuries even before the latest bad news.
Towering central defender Servet Cetin and Gokhan Zan collected injuries in Saturday's opening 2-0 defeat against Portugal. Zan had been ruled out of the Switzerland game and Cetin is unlikely to play, although Terim said that the final decision on the two men would be made on the day.
Terim led Turkey's first European Championship campaign, 12 years ago in England, where Turkey disqualified after finishing the group stage with three defeats and no goals.
Following that, Turkey qualified for the 2000 European Championship, where it lost in the quarterfinals. In the 2002 World Cup, Turkey finished third after losing in the semifinals to Brazil, who later beat Germany to become the champions.
Turkey started both those tournaments with defeats, but improved its game in the following matches and qualified for the following stages.
"Turkey had similar starts to tournaments in the past," Terim said. "But if we succeeded in the past, I think we can do it tomorrow again and then against the Czechs as well."


Updated : 2021-04-10 19:23 GMT+08:00