• Euro 2012

M'Vila scare for France ahead of England opener

ESPN staff
June 1, 2012
Yann M'Vila picked up an ankle knock © Getty Images

France, Germany and Greece all secured victories in warm-up matches for Euro 2012 on Thursday evening - but Laurent Blanc was left sweating over the fitness of one of his key midfielders.

A potentially serious ankle injury for Yann M'Vila took the shine off an otherwise encouraging 2-0 victory for France over Serbia. Rennes midfielder M'Vila took a kick from Dusan Tadic in the opening exchanges and, although he tried to carry on, he left the pitch in obvious distress with just four minutes on the clock.

His team-mates went on to win with ease, scoring early goals through Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda while creating several other chances, but it will be the diagnosis for his central lynchpin that will most concern Laurent Blanc, with less than two weeks until the start of their Euro 2012 campaign against England.

M'Vila would later return to the bench without crutches, but a scan is still expected on the ankle with a clear concern as to his fitness.

Germany continue to search for their form nine days ahead of their bow against Portugal after stumbling to a 2-0 friendly win over Israel in Leipzig.

Against the nation ranked 58 in the world by FIFA, Mario Gomez gave Joachim Low's side the lead just before the break. A late goal from Andre Schurrle provided a slightly more respectable margin of victory, but after losing 5-3 to Switzerland last weekend, Low still has a lot of fine-tuning to do before things get serious on June 9.

Kiriakos Papadopoulos scored the only goal in the 24th minute as Greece completed preparations by claiming their first win in five games, 1-0 against Armenia.

Greece could have won by more but missed two second-half penalties, Armenia keeper Roman Berezovsky saving spot-kicks from Georgios Samaras and Kostas Katsouranis.

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