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.
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