Dimitri Payet left in tears after injury forces him out of Europa League final and puts World Cup hopes in doubt
France international Dimitri Payet’s hopes of playing in the World Cup were dealt a serious blow on Wednesday when the Olympique de Marseille captain limped off during the Europa League final with a suspected thigh injury.
Payet was a fitness doubt for the final against Atletico Madrid after missing Friday’s 3-3 draw at Guingamp but declared himself ready to play the day before the showpiece game in Lyon.
He was crying as he left the pitch in the 32nd minute to be replaced by Maxime Lopez.
Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet leaves the pitch in tears as he is substituted off due to injury
Payet lies in tears on the pitch as he realises his evening in the Europa League final is over
The former West Ham United midfielder was a key figure in France’s run to the Euro 2016 final, although he has not featured for the national team since a 2-1 win over Belarus on Oct. 10.
The 30-year-old had made a strong bid for a recall by coach Didier Deschamps with an impressive run of form which included inspiring Marseille to the Europa League final, but his injury may have ended his chances of playing in the tournament.
Deschamps is due to make name his squad on Thursday.
The Marseille captain is consoled by his Marseille team-mates as he leaves the field early
The former West Ham midfielder cries again as Atletico Madrid lift the trophy in front of him
Author: Nancy Parker
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