Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé has been ruled out of the European Championship.
He left the France national team camp on Monday morning after it was confirmed that the knee injury he sustained against Hungary on Saturday night will keep him out of action for at least two weeks.
Dembele came off the bench and looked promising, but the adventure comes to a premature end as he will be forced to watch the tournament from home.
The French Football Federation also confirmed the bad news saying it was a collective decision to release the player from the team.
“Ousmane Dembele had an X-ray at the Budapest hospital on Sunday night,” the FFF said in a statement, without elaborating on the nature of the injury.
“The recovery time is incompatible with him staying in the squad. After discussing with the player and team doctor Franck le Gall, coach Didier Deschamps has acknowledged that Ousmane Dembele is ruled out for the rest of the tournament.”
Deschamps still has other attacking options behind starters Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe, with Olivier Giroud, Kingsley Coman and Wissam Ben Yedder in the squad.
France are top of Group F on four points, one ahead of Portugal and Germany and three above Hungary before taking on Portugal in the last round of group games on Wednesday.
Teams cannot replace injured players during the tournament so France will have only 25 for the rest of the tournament.
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