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Joe Allen to miss Wales Euro 2020 squad after rupturing Achilles tendon

Wales will miss the services of midfielder Joe Allen in Euro 2020 after the player ruptured his Achilles tendon in Stoke's win over Hull on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was forced off at half-time in the 5-1 home win after landing awkwardly having tripped over Hull substitute Dan Batty.

A statement on Stoke’s website noted: “Allen will miss the rest of the season and the EURO 2020 finals after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in the closing stages of the first half of Saturday’s emphatic win over Hull.

“It’s a bitter blow not only for the Potters in their battle to retain their Championship status but also for Wales as they again look to make an impact in a major tournament after their success in reaching the semis of the European Championships four years ago.”

Stoke boss Michael O'Neill said: "It's devastating for us and devastating for the boy.

"He's a great lad and when you're a coach and a manager you want the good lads to get the rewards and do well in the game. Joe's a low maintenance player but a high output player.

"I know what it means for him to play for Wales and I'm sure he would have been looking forward to the finals and a chance for him to show again that he's a top, top international player, which he's proven to be in the past.

"These things don't come around often in players' careers so when it's taken away from them cruelly with injury it's not very nice."