France cool on Newcastle United Debuchy fears

Mathieu Debuchy.
Mathieu Debuchy.
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FRANCE boss Didier Deschamps has played down concerns over Mathieu Debuchy’s injury.

The Newcastle United full-back was taken off at half-time in Sunday night’s 8-0 friendly rout of Jamaica which ended Les Bleus’ preparations for the World Cup.

The defender suffered a thigh injury, but, at a press conference yesterday, Deschamps played down fears that it could keep him out of the tournament.

He said: “Only Debuchy isn’t training. It’s nothing serious though, just a precaution.

“There are no worries about him.”

The 27-year-old is in competition with Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna for the right-back slot when France start their Group E campaign against Honduras on Sunday.

Newcastle team-mate Moussa Sissoko is also hoping to start the game, having starred against Jamaica with an impressive performance from the centre of midfield.

His performance has given Deschamps something of a selection headache as he looks to pick a midfield three from Blaise Matuidi, Sissoko, Paul Pogba and former Magpie Yohan Cabaye.

The French coach was not surprised by the standard of Sissoko’s performance against Jamaica, however.

“It’s not like I just discovered him,” Deschamps added.

“On Sunday, he was playing in his preferred role and I know what he can bring to a team.”

Juventus star Pogba admitted competition for places is tough with the French going into the game in good heart.

“Moussa had a great game against Jamaica,” he said. “I don’t regard myself as a guaranteed starter.”