Turkey and Juventus defender, Merih Demiral’s Knee injury has left him with the tiniest of margins in representing his country when Euro 2020 begins in June.
Juventus disclosed on Tuesday he will be out for at least six months following a “perfectly successful” surgery.
The estimated time of recovery put forward by the club is 6-7 months which likely does not take into consideration a comeback to form.
Demiral scored the opener in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Roma before limping off with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee after jumping for a header.
The player before the long term lay off was atttracting interest from Arsenal and Leicester with the latter already preparing a bid to land the highly rated centre half.
He has 11 caps for his country playing in every one of their qualifiers as a key member of the The Crescent-Stars as they are referred to.
Turkey take on Italy in the opening match of Euro 2020 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 12.