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Women’s Euros: France lose key striker with ACL injury

Marie-Antoinette Katoto
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Les Bleues must continue the tournament without Marie-Antoinette Katoto in their squad.

France striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto will miss the rest of the Women’s Euro 2022 after suffering a knee injury.

The PSG striker scored for Les Bleues during their impressive win over Italy last week. However, a serious ACL injury forced him out of France’s 2-1 victory against Belgium on Thursday.

Speaking after the game, France head coach Corinne Diacre suggested Katoto’s injury was a sprain. However, tests on Friday showed the striker will have to spend a lengthy period on the sidelines.

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A statement on the French Football Federation (FFF) website reads: “Injured in the right knee, the striker of Les Bleues will not take part in the rest of Euro 2022 in England and will leave the group.

“Examinations carried out today confirm a sprained right knee with damage to the anterior cruciate ligament. She is made available to her club. The French women’s team and the FFF wish her a good recovery.”

Katoto has scored 26 goals in his 32 appearances for France. His absence will be a significant blow to Les Bleues’ hopes of claiming the continental trophy.

France have already secured a spot in the quarter-finals after winning their first two games in the tournament. Diacre’s side will meet Iceland in their last group-stage game on Monday.