Italy and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will miss the 2016 European Championships after his club revealed he needs to undergo surgery.
The 23-year-old returned from two months on the sidelines and played his first game since february in the French League Cup final, but has struggled to fully shake off the problem.
A PSG statement says:
"In agreement with Paris Saint-Germain, Marco Verratti has decided to undergo surgery to heal the groin problem that has he has been suffering from for several weeks."
This means he will play no part in the upcoming European Championship for Italy.
His stats for PSG this season:
The 23-year-old's injury is yet another blow for Italy coach Antonio Conte, who will also be without Claudio Marchisio at Euro 2016.
Verratti made 15 appearances so far for Italy, scoring 1 goal and setting up 2 more.