Hard blow for the France team. Ousmane Dembélé was forced to leave the Blues, thus ending his adventure in Euro 2020, following a knee injury.
“Hit to a knee on Saturday during Hungary-France (1-1), the Blues striker Ousmane Dembélé is forced to withdraw for the rest of the UEFA Euro 2020”, wrote the French Football Federation in a statement.
“Forced to leave before the end of the Hungary-France match on Saturday (1-1), the Blues striker Ousmane Dembélé (24 years old, 27 caps) underwent radiological examinations on Sunday evening at the Budapest hospital. The recovery times are incompatible with his retention in the group currently playing UEFA Euro 2020 “, continues the FFF.
Hit to a knee on Saturday during Hungary-France (1-1), Ousmane Dembélé is forced to forfeit the rest of the Euro. Good recovery Ousmane! 🇫🇷💪 #ProuddetreBleus
▶ https://t.co/uLsigCx3Ne pic.twitter.com/CFyNTZsKpP
– French team ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2021
Indeed, the FC Barcelona player suffered a knee injury shortly after coming into play in the second half in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Hungary. He tried to continue after receiving a hit, but felt embarrassment trying to catch the ball moments later.
The 24-year-old striker leaves the France team’s training camp on Monday, two days before his last group game against Portugal.
The reigning world champions beat Germany in their Group F opener in Munich, but were then held in check by Hungary on Saturday.
France have four points from their two Group F games so far and face European champions Portugal in a remake of the 2016 final in Budapest on Wednesday.