Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been ruled out of Spain’s round-of-16 tie with Croatia after suffering an injury in training, according to reports. De Gea hasn’t featured for his country since October last year but is now unlikely to be included in Luis Enrique’s 23-man squad.
The 30-year-old was named on the bench for all three of Spain’s group games but is now set to miss his side’s knockout game against Croatia on Monday.
🚨ÚLTIMA HORA | David de Gea se marcha lesionado del entrenamiento de España.
El portero sintió "una molestia en el área de glúteo izquierdo sin sensación de tirón" y así tuvo que abandonar la sesión a horas de medirse a Croacia.
— Goal España (@GoalEspana) June 27, 2021
According to Marca, the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is unlikely to recover from his injury in time to face Croatia, who have lost Ivan Perisic to a positive COVID-19 case. De Gea is believed to have suffered a leg injury, clutching the back of his left thigh as he exited the training field.
De Gea is expected to have talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer upon his return to the club this summer as he seeks assurances over his position. Dean Henderson, who took De Gea’s place in March last season, is expected to start next season as Solskjaer’s number one.