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Another French star injured

2014-06-09 10:40
Mathieu Debuchy (Supplied)

Cape Town - Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy could miss France's opening World Cup fixtures after suffering a leg injury during his side's 8-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday.

The right-back was forced off the field at half-time, but speaking after the match, manager Didier Deschamps quelled fears that the 28-year-old would be ruled out of the showpiece event.

"He felt a little discomfort when he runs, he will get treatment," Deschamps said of the defender.

Les Bleus have already suffered two injury blows ahead of the tournament, with midfielders Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier pulling out of the squad on Friday due to injury.

Debuchy was due to battle Arsenal contract rebel Bacary Sagna for the right to start at right back.

France ran riot in their final warm-up clash, winning 8-0 courtesy of doubles from Karim Benzema, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann, and one goal apiece from Yohan Cabaye and Olivier Giroud.

"It was [a performance] full of confidence," Deschamps enthused. "But it does not give us any insurance for the first game of the World Cup.

"I know what you [the press] are going to say: we met with a team of tourists. But I prefer to think of the performance of my players. 

France are in Group E along with Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador.

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