Spain’s Álvaro Morata injured in incident after European Championship match against France

Spain are through to the final of Euro 2024, but a bizarre post-match incident could affect whether Álvaro Morata can play.

The striker was hit by a stumbling security guard, who ran forward to stop a fan trying to take selfies as Spain completed a lap of honour after their 2-1 win over France.

Morata had no idea what was about to happen when the security guard bumped into him as he tried to stop and turn. What made the situation even stranger was that stewards at the Allianz Arena had already caught up with the young selfie-taker.

The Atlético Madrid striker, who has started all but one of Spain’s matches in the tournament, immediately felt his right knee, winced and limped away from the commotion. The security guard leaned over to check on the Spanish captain, who simply wanted to limp away from the situation.

During a post-match press conference, Spain coach Luis de la Fuente told reporters that Morata’s status is currently unknown.

“We have to wait and see tomorrow,” De la Fuente said. “We believe it’s nothing. It hurts, but we believe it’s nothing.”

Should Morata be unavailable, De la Fuente would likely have to choose between Mikel Oyarzabal (who replaced Morata in the 76th minute on Tuesday) or Joselu as captain in the final, which will be played against England or the Netherlands on Sunday.

This isn’t even the first incident involving an Iberian forward at this tournament. Portuguese striker Gonçalo Ramos ended up having a steward bump into him after a 3-0 win over Turkey on June 22.

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