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France forward Dembélé out of Euro 2020 with knee injury

2021 Jun 21, 17:35, Paris
FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 24, 2021, France's Ousmane Dembele controls the ball during the World Cup 2022 soccer match against Ukraine at the Start de de France stadium, in Saint Denis, north of Paris. Photo: AP via RSS

Ousmane Dembélé has been ruled out of the European Championship because of a knee injury, the French soccer federation said Monday.

Dembélé sustained the injury during a 30-minute appearance as a substitute before being replaced late in the team’s 1-1 draw with Hungary on Saturday.

The French team said Dembélé had X-rays at a hospital in Budapest on Sunday.

“The length of recovery time needed is incompatible with keeping him in the squad,” the team said.

Teams can replace injured goalkeepers but not outfield players once they have played their first match in the tournament.

Dembélé’s exit means France coach Didier Deschamps will have only 25 players to choose from for the rest of Euro 2020. France leads Group F and will next face Portugal in Budapest on Wednesday.

Dembélé’ plays for Barcelona. The French federation said its doctors talked with staff at the Spanish club before making the decision to release him.

The 24-year-old Dembélé was a member of the France squad that won the 2018 World Cup.

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