There are players whose season was already over, and others who would have cruelly lacked rhythm before the start of the big summer competitions but with the suspension of the various championships, the situation has changed.
The news is dramatic. With the spread of the Covid-19 virus, almost all European championships have come to a halt. The World Health Organization (WHO) even said Friday that the new epicenter of the epidemic is now in Europe.
UEFA had already made arrangements to suspend all of its competitions, such as the Champions League and the Europa League.
Under these conditions, Euro 2020 has also been postponed for a year. Copa America did the same, perhaps waiting to see the Olympic Games (July 24-August 9) imitate the other two. Faced with this new calendar, some players will take advantage of this crisis despite themselves to be in good shape.
Wounded for a long time or in recovery phase, they will be able to be present for the big matches of the Champions League and even of Euro 2021. Among them, there is in particular Eden Hazard. Affected with the fibula of the right leg at the end of February, the Belgian had to return in time for the end of the championship and compete in the Euro next year, but with a certain lack of rhythm.
Memphis Depay could also be present for the end of the season, he who suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in mid-December. His race against the clock suddenly gained new momentum.
Some hope to participate again at the end of the season
It is the same for Jeff Reine – Adelaide, victim of the same knee injury, the same day as his Dutch teammate. Failing to participate in the Euro (he has never been called in A, but in a year, who knows?). He is targeting the Olympic Games, he of which he is a member of the France Espoirs team.
The competition organized in Tokyo remains for the moment in the state, but depending on possible new dates, a player like Zaydou Youssouf could also benefit, he who seriously injured his knee on February 1.
Still in Ligue 1, Lille Yusuf Yazici was due to return in late April and take advantage of the last few matches. If all goes well for him, he will be of the Turkish selection at Euro 2021. It is a little the same case for Merih Demiral, who would undoubtedly have missed the competition without stopping the championships.
He will have more time to return as well as Marco Reus, absent from the field for more than a month and whose return was hoped for around mid-April. Marcus Rashford’s participation in the Euro was questioned after his back fracture, but now everything is possible for a return of Manchester United’s top scorer this season.
Others will be able to refine their return
Ousmane Dembélé can also try to be optimistic even if his injury is even longer. Victim of a rupture of the femoral tendon on February 4, the French had given up on summer competition, but the epidemic comes to question everything.
Copa America, Luis Suarez will undoubtedly see it in better condition next year. Operated on the knee in January, the Uruguayan striker had to use great means upon his return in May to be in good shape. Failing to see the end of the season, he will have the opportunity not to rush things.
Victim of an arm fracture, Heung-min Son could very well regain form for the Olympics, by ending the season on a field and not in the infirmary.
For Ricardo Pereira, who broke a cruciate ligament of the knee less than a week ago, he will finally have all his chances for Euro 2021. Other players will take advantage of an off-season end for come back in great shape.
Like Leroy Sané and Florian Thauvin already back on professional lawns or with reservations, Harry Kane, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Paul Pogba, Marco Asensio or Niklas Süle are all on the right track, or even already returned to training. This rab of a few weeks should do them the greatest good to be future big meetings, especially in European cups.