Bukayo Saka suffers injury setback ahead of final pre-Euros friendly

England v Austria - International Friendly - Riverside Stadium England's Bukayo Saka scores their side's first goal of the game during the International Friendly at The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Picture date: Wednesday June 2, 2021. Copyright: Lindsey Parnaby
England v Austria - International Friendly - Riverside Stadium England's Bukayo Saka scores their side's first goal of the game during the International Friendly at The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Picture date: Wednesday June 2, 2021. Copyright: Lindsey Parnaby

Bukayo Saka has been ruled out of England’s final pre-European Championships friendly against Romania on Sunday with an injury.

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England v Austria – Riverside Stadium Austria’s Xaver Schlager tackles England’s Bukayo Saka during the International Friendly match at The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough. Picture date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Copyright: Scott Heppell

The Athletic report that Bukayo Saka will miss England’s friendly match against Romania on Sunday night, with what is believed to be a hip injury.

At this stage, the teenager is still being assessed. It’s serious enough to keep him out of the Romania game, but it was unlikely he would feature in the match anyway, after 90 minutes against Austria.

The FA are relaxed about the situation. It’s not expected to keep him out of the European Championships, with The Athletic piece stating there’s “currently no indication that the problem has placed Saka’s hopes (of) participating at Euro 2020 in jeopardy”.

It’s obviously still a bit of a setback. England confirmed on Saturday that Saka is following a personal training programme indoors to “manage load”, along with Harry Kane and Harry Maguire.

Saka has had quite the week, winning the Arsenal Player of the Season award, receiving nominations for both Premier League Young Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year and scoring a winner for England.

We’ll all be keeping our fingers crossed that the hip problem is nothing serious and Saka can keep reaping the rewards of an excellent individual campaign for his club.