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In-form striker Teemu Pukki’s fitness a concern as Finland build up for Championship-Sports News , Happy Easterday

In-form striker Teemu Pukki’s health a priority as Finland construct up for Championship-Sports activities Information , Completely satisfied Easterday

Pukki scored 26 objectives this season to assist Norwich get promoted to the Premier League and likewise led Finland into their first worldwide event.

On this file picture from 2019, Finland’s Teemu Pukki celebrates after scoring the opening objective throughout the Euro 2020 group J qualifying match in opposition to Greece. AP

Finland might be conserving an in depth eye on striker Teemu Pukki’s ankle harm, hoping it heals in time for the European Championship.

Pukki scored 26 objectives this season to assist Norwich get promoted to the Premier League and likewise led Finland into their first worldwide event. He was much more prolific in qualifying with 10 objectives in 10 video games and joined some illustrious firm — ending one objective behind Portugal nice Cristiano Ronaldo and two behind England striker Harry Kane.

He hit the goal with 70% of his photographs, higher than Ronaldo’s accuracy.

Pukki began qualifying for subsequent yr’s World Cup with three objectives in two video games, reaching 30 worldwide objectives to take a seat behind three behind Jari Litmanen’s nationwide crew scoring file. He’ll have an opportunity to catch Litmanen in Group B with matches in opposition to Denmark, Russia and Belgium.

No surprise Finland coach Markku Kanerva relies upon a lot on the 31-year-old Pukki, whose wonderful motion off the ball is one in every of his sturdy fits.

Pukki broken proper ankle ligaments taking part in for Norwich in early Could and would possibly finally want an operation.

Nevertheless, that might come after the event.

“Our fingers are crossed for him. No different striker most likely in western Europe has had extra video games within the final three years,” Norwich supervisor Daniel Farke stated. “We hope every little thing goes properly with the rehab in order that he’s prepared for the Euros.”

Nonetheless, if Pukki is just not prepared for the opening group recreation in opposition to Denmark in Copenhagen on 12 June, Kanerva has different choices and is constructing a promising younger crew.

Marcus Forss and Onni Valakari, each 21, gave a glimpse of issues to return final November, scoring their first worldwide objectives in a 2-0 win at World Cup champion France.

Forss helped Brentford win the second-division playoff and attain the Premier League for the primary time and, barring any transfers, he’s poised to play in opposition to Pukki subsequent season.

Finland’s fast and direct counterattacking type brought on France issues final yr and may very well be the correct strategy at Euro 2020. The crew faces Russia in St. Petersburg on 16 June and stays in the identical metropolis to play Belgium 5 days later.

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Updated: May 31, 2021 — 4:23 pm

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