Mathieu Debuchy has injured his thigh in the friendly game against Jamaica tonight, which France won 8-0, and the initial reports were that he had broken his shin bone – the tibia – but there are other (later) reports that say it’s not as bad as that, and the leg is not broken, and in fact he’s injured his thigh muscle.
Mathieu Debuchy – leg injury – but how serious
Mathieu started the game against Jamaica tonight, but was substituted at half-time by former Arsenal right back and current free agent Bacary Sagna.
The Chronicle quickly reported that it was a serious injury – and that it was a broken leg – but later news from Goal.com reporter Robin Bairner said that was not true – and that was after he had talked to France manager Didier Deschamps about the injury.
Deschamps said the following to L’Equipe after the game:
“He feels a little discomfort when he runs, we will get it treated.¨
And then Mathieu returned to the bench in the second half, to allay fears the injury was as serious as first reported.
And later news is that Mathieu left the game because he felt some discomfort in his leg when he ran, and that’s why he opted out of the game at half time.
In fact this is what L’Equipe have reported about the injury:
¨Mathieu Debuchy has not reappeared on the pitch of the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq for the second period. The right back of Newcastle injured his thigh during a collision with an opposing defender and Deschamps said he felt discomfort when he ran.¨
So we hope it’s not too bad – because if Mathieu was to be seriously injured and out for a period of months, that would be a terrible blow to Newcastle, as he’s probably our best player at the moment.
We’ll just have to wait for the prognosis from the French medical team, but if it’s any injury at all it could still mean Mathieu could miss the World Cup, since it starts on Thursday and the final is on July 13th.