France admit M’Vila an injury doubt for England match

France’s medical team have conceded that Yann M’Vila could miss the Euro 2012 opener against England this coming Monday. Sky Sports are reporting that the 21-year-old will face a late fitness test to see if he is able to play after damaging his ankle against Serbia in a friendly last week.

Fabrice Bryand, the French national team doctor, has said: “His progress is good but we do no want to aggravate the injury… we are not optimistic for the 11th” but he admitted they will keep working hard to have the player fit as soon as possible, adding: “We will increase his workload and see if his ankle swells again or if he suffers any ill effects”.

Much like their opponents on Monday, France now face a selection headache. With M’Vila injured it was assumed that either Alou Diarra or Blaise Matuidi would replace the Rennes star, but both have injury concerns of their own. Diarra picked up a knock in training a few days ago and Matuidi is struggling with a hamstring problem. But Bryand is confident that one of the two will be fit.

France play England in their opener, a repeat of the 2004 European Championship starter for the two sides, in which France ran out eventual 2-1 winners. The last two times these sides met, the French also took the spoils winning 2-1 at Wembley and 1-0 in Paris.

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