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Blanc positive on Cabaye fitness

France midfielder is nursing thigh injury

ESPN staff

Yohan Cabaye was in excellent form for France against Ukraine© PA Photos

France coach Laurent Blanc is confident Yohan Cabaye’s injury will not keep him out of their final Group D game with Sweden on Tuesday.

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Cabaye scored France’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Ukraine on Friday, as Blanc’s side moved to the top of the pool. The Newcastle midfielder did not finish the game and was wincing as he left the field with 21 minutes remaining.

Blanch has confirmed Cabaye has a thigh niggle, but feels it will not be enough to keep him out of the game.

"I am not worried but we have to be aware of it," Blanc said. "He had felt a little twinge behind his thigh in training, and he felt it again during the match. He then thought it best not to push his luck."

Should Cabaye miss out, Yann M’Vila will be champing at the bit to start. He missed the first game with an ankle injury, but replaced Cabaye against Ukraine and came through with no concerns.

“Running I felt no pain,” M’Vila said. “I am fine physically.”



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