For Shaqiri this year is a sad number: 1. 1. 1. On January 11, the 80-times international plays a minute for his Liverpoolers in the Premier League game at White Hart Lane against Tottenham. Since then – or exactly for two months – the strength cube in the Klopp club has been back on the diving station.
As so often, he is troubled by his uniquely large calf muscles!
VIEW learned: The 80-times international can currently not even train with the team because of his injury. A comeback therefore seems far away.
Almost certain: Nati coach Vladimir Petkovic will have to do without his actual number 10 on March 23 for the trip to Qatar with the friendly matches against Croatia (March 26) and Belgium (March 30).
Petkovics boss, Nati director Pierluigi Tami, says on a BLICK request mysteriously: “The contingent will be announced on Friday, March 20.” That is in just nine days.
Does Shaq help the corona virus?
When was the last time Petkovic had contact with his problem child? Tami: “The national coach is in regular contact with all players.”
Is Sha even in danger of the EM? Tami added: «The EM is still very far away. Every player wants to go to the European Championship. And every player has time and opportunities to play in the squad in the next few weeks. » However, only if he also plays in the club.
The big Shaqiri riddle! Who knows, maybe the exceptional talent is now unwittingly playing the corona virus into the bad cards. sport/fussball/em/italienische-medien-melden-em-koennte-um-ein-jahr-verschoben-werden-id15789741.html” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>If the EM actually has to be postponed by a year, hopefully Shaqiri’s situation will have changed drastically.
Is Nati director Tami, an Italian by birth, afraid after the closing of his home country on Tuesday that the European Championship will not take place? Tami: «I’m not afraid. But I hope and I very much hope that the situation will improve for everyone as soon as possible and that the EM can also take place. The decision whether the EM will take place is not in our competence, but in the competence of the responsible authorities and the Uefa. »
Missed all the qualifications
The campaign for the EURO 2020 was a very dark chapter for Shaqiri right from the start. In all eight qualifying games, he doesn’t spend a single minute. He has been injured six times and will not play the two games against Ireland (1-1) and Gibraltar (4-0) in early September 2019 due to inconsistencies with Coach Petkovic.
Between the European Championship qualifying matches, he played in the Uefa Nations League final tournament last summer – and injured himself at the end of the season in the third place game against England. On the calf, where else?
By the way: Shaqiri has far better moments at the last European Championship in France: With a sensational sideways pull he hits Poland in the round of 16 in 2016. For most fans in Europe the most beautiful goal of the last euro.