Germany midfielder Emre Can faces an uphill battle to make the country’s Euro 2016 squad after suffering an ankle injury.
The highly rated footballer picked up the injury in the Europa League triumph over Borussia Dortmund, and initial fears proved justified.
Liverpool have now announced that Can had ruptured his ankle ligaments and he is set to miss between four and six weeks of action.
This means that the 22-year-old is almost certain to miss the remainder of the season, although he could be available for the Europa League final (18 May) if the Reds eliminate Villarreal in the semis.
At the same time, this is a heavy blow for Germany coach Joachim Low, who appears to have made Can his first option at right-back.
Considering that the preliminary Euro 2016 squad will be announced in some four weeks, the Liverpool starlet is no longer certain to feature at the tournament finals.
The World Cup holders will be heading to France as one of the tournament favourites, and you can read more about their style of play, expected starting line-up and title chances in our Germany Euro 2016 team preview.