Wales in early Euro 2020 blow as James Lawrence forced out of tournament after picking up mystery injury
Wales’ James Lawrence has suffered Euro 2020 injury heartbreak.
The St Pauli centre-back was named in Rob Page’s 26-man squad on Sunday night but pulled out of the tournament the next day following scan results.
The nature of Lawrence’s injury has not yet been specified.
But Wales released a statement to say the defender, 28, will be ruled out of action for a few weeks.
Luton’s Tom Lockyer has been called up as a replacement for Lawrence.
A Wales statement read: “James Lawrence has had to withdraw from the EURO 2020 squad due to injury.
“Following a scan yesterday it’s been revealed that he will unfortunately miss out on the final tournament with an injury that will rule him out from playing for a few weeks.
“Lawrence’s withdrawal gives way to Tom Lockyer who narrowly missed out on selection in the 26 named yesterday.
“The 26-year-old played a key part in the EURO 2020 qualifiers, particularly in the last 4 matches of the campaign where he started each match and played every minute.
“We wish James Lawrence all the best with his recovery.”
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In contrast, it is a remarkable turnaround for Lockyer since ankle surgery ended his domestic season in February.
Before that absence, the 26-year-old claimed a call-up for the Euros would be the "highlight of my career".
So his bounce-back is the perfect tonic, having so far won 13 caps since his international debut four years ago.
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