France and Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele has been ruled out of France’s Euro 2020
squad after picking up an injury against Hungary
Les Bleus had only brought on the winger as a substitute earlier in the second half before
he was struck down with a knee issue. He tried to continue after taking a knock,
according to boss Didier Deschamps, but felt a problem in the same knee when he
crossed a ball, moments later.
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According to Cardena Ser, he could miss pre-season with further tests expected to
confirm a two-month absence.
Didier Deschamps said after the game: “It’s a hit to the tendon, behind the knee, it will be
necessary to check. “He played on, he wanted to cross and felt some fairly significant
discomfort. I brought him out. We will have to watch it.”
France faces Portugal on Wednesday knowing a defeat may leave them out of the top two
in Group F. The 24-year-old had enjoyed a largely injury-free season with Barcelona to
earn his place in the squad.
Having missed all of Les Bleus’ matches in 2019 and 2020, he earned a recall in March of
this year. Didier Deschamps has largely used Dembele as a substitute since, bringing him
on in both of France’s group games so far
Dembele has been plagued by injuries since joining Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund
for £135.5m back in August 2017.
In his first three seasons at the Nou Camp, he only made 75 appearances largely due to
his injury problems.
However, last season he scored 11 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions and
earned his first recall to the French squad since 2018