May 17, 2018 / 6:41 PM / 5 days ago

Soccer-Injured Payet ruled out of World Cup with France

PARIS (Reuters) - Olympique de Marseille forward Dimitri Payet has been ruled out of the World Cup because of injury, France’s coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday when he named his 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia.

Soccer Football - Europa League Final - Olympique de Marseille vs Atletico Madrid - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - May 16, 2018 Marseille's Dimitri Payet is consoled by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Morgan Sanson as he leaves the pitch in tears after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Payet suffered a muscle injury during Wednesday’s Europa League final, which Marseille lost 3-0 to Atletico Madrid.

“He was a serious candidate for a place in the 23 but for this kind of injury it’s usually three weeks of recovery,” said Deschamps.

“And there is a risk of hurting yourself again with this kind of injury and I must give my final list to FIFA on June 4.”

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Andrew Roche

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