Frenchman Ousmane Dembele excluded from Euro 2020 due to knee injury – .

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Frenchman Ousmane Dembele excluded from Euro 2020 due to knee injury – .


What was said?

In a statement, the French federation said: “Hit to a knee on Saturday during Hungary-France (1-1), the Blues striker Ousmane Dembele is forced to forfeit the rest of the UEFA Euro 2020.

“Forced to leave before the end of the Hungary-France match on Saturday (1-1), the Blues striker Ousmane Dembele (24 years old, 27 caps) underwent radiological examinations on Sunday evening at the Budapest hospital. Recovery times are inconsistent with his continued presence in the squad currently playing UEFA Euro 2020.

“Discussions took place on Sunday between the medical staff of the France team and FC Barcelona.

“After meeting the player and doctor Franck Le Gall, coach Didier Deschamps took note of Ousmane Dembele’s withdrawal.

What happened during the game against Hungary?

Dembele came on in place of Adrien Rabiot in the 57th minute as France lagged behind and looked for a way to get back into the game. Its introduction allowed a change to a 4-2-4 formation, in which France equalized.

Unfortunately, Dembele looked baffled to come out – a substituted substitute – after 30 minutes of play. He received a blow that made him uncomfortable.

What is the blow for France?

France are well blessed in the attacking department, with exciting variants to choose from in place of Deschamps’ top three favorites, Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann. The supporting cast includes Olivier Giroud, Kinglsey Coman and Marcus Thuram.

Having said that, Dembele’s absence is a loss. His inclusion was welcome as his speed and two-footed threat offered a great option, especially in close matches with the need to ask a different question of opposition defenders.

The instant case arose when it was brought against Hungary. The 24-year-old has been selected 27 times for France. He was not in contention in 2019 and 2020 but has returned to the team for the Euro which he started but will not be able to finish.

On a personal note, it will be disappointing for the Barcelona forward who has suffered a lot from injuries in recent seasons after becoming a promising talent at Borussia Dortmund.

(Photo: Dmitriy Golubovich / Agence Anadolu via Getty Images)

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