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Deschamps offers injury update on France star Dembele

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France manager Didier Deschamps gave an update on Ousmane Dembele’s injury after the Barcelona star came off against Hungary.

Didier Deschamps has announced Ousmane Dembele suffered a knee problem in France’s Euro 2020 clash with Hungary and will undergo further tests.

The Barcelona forward lasted just 30 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Budapest after replacing Adrien Rabiot as a second-half substitute. Thomas Lemar then came on for him in the 87th-minute.

But until further tests can determine how severe Dembele’s problem is, all Deschamps can do is wait and see.

“Dembele, it’s hit on the tendon, behind the knee,” said the France boss in his post-match conference on Saturday as per Goal.

“It will be necessary to check. He continued, he wanted to cross and felt a fairly significant discomfort. I brought him out. We will have to watch it.”

Dembele will hope the damage is nothing serious. The 24-year-old had a decent season at Barcelona in 2020/21 after suffering a series of injury woes in his first three campaigns at Camp Nou.

Regardless, the former Borussia Dortmund star is a doubt for France’s final Group F match against Portugal on Wednesday.

Despite Antoine Griezmann canceling out Attila Fiola’s opening goal with a second-half equalizer to grab a point, Les Bleus lost a chance to seal qualification into the last-16 on Saturday.

The world champions must now avoid defeat to Portugal to guarantee a spot in the knockout stages.