France manager Didier Deschamps has, on Saturday evening, provided an update on the wellbeing of Ousmane Dembele.
Les Bleus were back in action a short time ago.
The world champions made the trip to Budapest, for a Euro 2020 group stage meeting with Hungary.
Deschamps and co. got their campaign to a fine start last time out, downing Germany by a goal to nil at the Allianz Arena.
In turn, with Hungary having shipped three goals in their own opener versus Portugal, France were widely expected to simply steamroll their underdog hosts this afternoon.
When all was said and done at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium, however, this proved far from the case.
It was in fact Hungary who opened the game’s scoring, when Attila Fiola surged beyond Benjamin Pavard, before slotting home at Hugo Lloris’ near post:
WHAT A MOMENT!
HUNGARY TAKE THE LEAD AGAINST FRANCE! 😮
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) June 19, 2021
France, though, inevitably hit back 25 minutes from time, when Antoine Griezmann found the net from close range, following a fine piece of play down the right on the part of Kylian Mbappe:
France are back in the game thanks to Antoine Griezmann!
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 19, 2021
This, though, proved all she wrote when it came to the scoring in Budapest, as France’s hopes of topping the ‘group of death’ were dealt a heavy blow.
‘Keep an eye on it’
The eventual result, however, proved far from the only concern for an under-performing Les Bleus on Saturday.
Late in the clash, despite having been introduced as a substitute, Ousmane Dembele was forced to limp off, with what appeared to be a knee problem.
In turn, speaking during his post-match interview, Didier Deschamps was inevitably drawn on the wellbeing of his gifted wide-man.
And the France boss went on to explain:
‘He’s been hit on the tendon, behind the knee, it will be necessary to check.’
‘He continued for a bit, he wanted to cross and felt a fairly significant discomfort. I brought him out. It will be necessary to keep an eye on it.’
This article was edited by Ben Browning.