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France hopeful M'Vila will not miss Euros

ESPN staff
June 1, 2012
Yann M'Vila hobbled off on Thursday © Getty Images

France coach Laurent Blanc is hopeful that key midfielder Yann M'Vila will recover from an ankle knock in time for his side's Euro 2012 opener against England.

Rennes midfielder M'Vila took a kick from Serbia's Dusan Tadic in the opening exchanges of Thursday night's 2-0 friendly win in Reims and although he tried to carry on, he was forced off the pitch in distress with just four minutes on the clock.

The 21-year-old left the stadium on crutches for tests before returning to the France bench without them in the second half.

Les Bleus coach Blanc dismissed concerns M'Vila would have to withdraw from Euro 2012 altogether and still hopes the defensive midfielder can take his place in the team at Donetsk's Donbass Arena on June 11.

"We think that he will be fit for the first game," Blanc said. "His participation in the tournament is not in question."

However, national team doctor Fabrice Bryand added a note of caution. "The ankle is not broken. It's reassuring," he said. "We, however, need 48 hours more to say if he will recover in time for the Euros."

France play Estonia on June 5 in their final warm-up match before Euro 2012.

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