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Dániel Gazdag departs Hungary team with knee discomfort

Gazdag picked up a knock in training camp for the Euros

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Philadelphia Union midfielder Dániel Gazdag won’t get a chance to represent his country in the European Championship.

Gazdag has left the Hungary national team after picking up a knock in training in an injury he described as “discomfort” to Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin.

“It’s not a major injury at all but it’s one that comes at an unfortunate time for an incredible player who, you know, I really feel for,” Curtin said in a Zoom call with media on Wednesday afternoon. “He’s devastated that he didn’t get the opportunity to play in front of his home fans.”

The 25-year-old, who made his MLS debut as a substitute for the Union against DC United on May 23, was wearing a small brace on his left knee in training with the team on Monday. He didn’t dress for the match against Portugal, which Hungary lost 3-0 on Tuesday.

“I still think he’ll use it as motivation, he’s excited to get back with the Philadelphia Union, as he said to me, but it’s a hard time for him,” Curtin said. “We’ll get to the bottom of exactly what is bothering him in that knee.”

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for TheCup.us, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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