Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid target William Carvalho will miss the start of the season due to fractured tibia which he suffered during UEFA Under 21 European Championship. Sporting CP has confirmed that the defensive midfielder will be out for three months.
The midfielder has been linked heavily with Arsenal this season and this news will be a huge blow to the Gunners. However, the 23-year-old appears to have picked up the problem during the tournament in the Czech Republic with the injury only becoming apparent on his return to pre-season training.
The midfielder will now miss pre-season and the start of the new campaign with Sporting expressing their disappointment at the news with a statement on Facebook. Sporting hereby express their indignation that William Carvalho has returned with a stress fracture of the tibia without this having been reported by the clinical staff of the National Under-21 team or any of its officers to the management of Sporting, the statement read.
Only yesterday, Monday, on the return of William Carvalho to training the medical staff of Sporting identified an issue with the player and, curiously, only today at dawn the Portuguese Football Federation sent Sporting clinical newsletters referring to the seven Sporting players who participated in the Under-21 European Championship. The clinical report selection, referring to William Carvalho says, the player never had any physical problem . The player denies this and says that the clinical department was aware of the player’s complaints. As a result, the player William Carvalho faces a spell out of between 10 to 12 weeks.
The 23 year old had an impressive European Under 21 Championship campaign for Portugal but lost in the final to Sweden by penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw. The regista was also selected in the Team of the Tournament of the respective competition. The highly rated defensive midfielder has 13 International caps to his name as well.