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Finland sweating over fitness of Teemu Pukki ahead of Euros after suffering ankle ligament damage

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Finland are facing an anxious wait over Teemu Pukki’s fitness for the Euros after the striker suffered ankle ligament damage while playing for Norwich.

Pukki, who has scored 26 goals for the Canaries this season, was sent for scans after picking up the injury during the 4-1 victory over Reading last weekend.

The forward now faces a race to be fit for the delayed Euro 2020 competition, which is the first majour tournament that Finland have qualified for in their history. 

Finland are facing an anxious wait over Teemu Pukki’s fitness for the Euros this summer

The Norwich striker suffered ankle ligament damage in the 4-1 victory over Reading

The Norwich striker suffered ankle ligament damage in the 4-1 victory over Reading

The Norwich striker suffered ankle ligament damage in the 4-1 victory over Reading

However, they are expecting Pukki will recover in time for their first game against against Denmark on June 12. 

The 31-year-old, who has 30 goals in 89 international appearances, is scheduled to join up with his team-mates at a pre-tournament training camp later this month.

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A statement on the Football Association of Finland website read: ‘Teemu Pukki has suffered an ankle ligament injury, the recovery of which will takes some weeks in current estimates.

‘The injury does not require surgical treatment, but rehabilitation will take time.

Finland boss Markku Kanerva believes the forward will be fit in time for the opening game

Finland boss Markku Kanerva believes the forward will be fit in time for the opening game

Finland boss Markku Kanerva believes the forward will be fit in time for the opening game

‘Teemu Pukki will have to miss Norwich’s last league match due to an ankle injury. He is scheduled to join, according to the Owls, when the team gathers for the preparatory camp in late May.’

Finland head coach Markku Kanerva added: ‘We believe that Teemu will be fit to play at the European Championships.

‘The treatment programme and recovery have already started and everyone is aiming for Teemu Pukki to be in full working order when the European Championships start.’

Norwich will also be without Oliver Skipp for their final game of the season against Barnsley. The on-loan midfielder has returned to Tottenham and undergone surgery on a fractured metatarsal in his right foot. 

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