Lewandowski’s early exit in Turkey friendly adds to Poland’s injury woes post-Milik

Poland's veteran forward, Robert Lewandowski, suffered a biceps femoris muscle tear during a friendly against Turkey, forcing him to miss the team's Euro 2024 opener against the Netherlands.

Lewandowski Injured Against Turkey
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The experienced forward had to leave the field just over 30 minutes into Poland’s 2-1 victory over Turkey in a friendly match in Warsaw on Monday due to an injury. This is a significant setback for the Poland team, especially with their Euro 2024 campaign set to kick off against the Netherlands in less than a week.

According to Mateusz Borek, a journalist from TVP Sport via Super Express Sport, the injury to the Barcelona star was initially deemed minor, with the player feeling some muscle tension and opting to exit the game as a precautionary measure.

However, on Tuesday, the Poland national team confirmed that their captain will be absent for the opening match against the Netherlands on Sunday after tearing his biceps femoris muscle.

The official announcement stated: “On Monday evening, the Polish national team played a friendly match against Turkey. We present the medical report of the national team doctor, Jacek Jaroszewski, regarding the players who suffered injuries in this match. Today, at Enel–Med Szpital Centrum, we examined three players who were injured in the match against Turkey – says Jacek Jaroszewski, doctor of the Polish national team.”

“Paweł Dawidowicz suffered a strained quadriceps muscle. In the case of Karol Swiderski, the examination revealed a sprain of the ankle joint without significant damage. After treatment, both players should return to full training within 3-4 days.”

“Robert Lewandowski suffered a torn biceps femoris muscle, which will exclude him from participating in the first match of the tournament. We are doing everything so that Robert can play in the second match, against Austria, says Jacek Jaroszewski.”

added Jacek Jaroszewski.

The game against Turkey marked the 150th national team appearance for the 35-year-old striker, who has scored 82 goals since his debut in 2008.

Manager Michal Probierz will be eagerly awaiting Lewandowski’s recovery in hopes of having him back for the team’s second group-stage fixture against Austria on June 21.

R. Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski



Age: 36

185 cm

80 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 35 3 Missed
Minutes 2759 78.8 Avg
Goals 19 0.5 Avg
Assist 7 0.2 Avg
Attempt 50 1.4 Avg
Passes 548 15.767.7% AvgSucc
Yellow 5 0.1 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 35 times for 2759 minutes for La Liga.

R. Lewandowski scored 19 goals for FC Barcelona. He procured 7 assists. He received 5 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in La Liga. In the last match FC Barcelona won 2-1 against Sevilla.

FC Barcelona performance and stats

FC Barcelona

Manager: Xavi
Rank 2nd
Win 23
Draw 7
Loss 5
Goals 72-43
Diff 29
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 12-6
Diff 6

FC Barcelona is currently 2nd in the La Liga with 76 points.

In the last 38 games, it has won 26 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 5 times. In its last match, FC Barcelona won 1-2 against Sevilla.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 72 goals and conceding 43.​