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Yann M'Vila Ruled out of France's Euro 2012 Opener Against England

Matthew SnyderAnalyst IIIJune 4, 2012

The debate as to whether France midfielder Yann M'Vila would be fit in time for the June 11 European Championship opener against England was put to rest Sunday, when an MRI revealed that the defensive midfielder had suffered "a moderately serious sprain" and would miss the match.

M'Vila had injured the ligament during France's friendly against Serbia last week, when he had rolled the ankle just seconds into the proceedings.

Despite attempting to play through the pain, he was forced to leave the pitch after five futile minutes. M'Vila was seen in tears on the sideline, obviously worried that his tournament would be in jeopardy.

The French Football Federation (FFF) revealed there were no complications to the sprain, however, and M'Vila will remain with the national side. It is likely that he will play a part in the last two group stage matches.

In other injury news, Steve Mandanda, France's backup goalkeeper, was ruled fit after injuring his right toe. M'Vila's fellow central midfielder Blaise Matuidi was also ruled out for the opening match with a "minor tear to his right hamstring."

Journalist Matt Spiro, a France-based correspondent who covers the French game, revealed on Twitter that Olympique de Marseille's Alou Diarra will replace M'Vila in central midfield for the England match.

Diarra had come on as a substitute for M'Vila in the Serbia match.

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