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Deschamps gives update on Ousmane Dembele injury ahead of World Cup 2018

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France boss Didier Deschamps has given a positive update on Ousmane Dembele’s fitness and said there’s “no way” he will miss the World Cup through injury.

The Barcelona star suffered a sprained ankle in the club’s final game of the season against Real Sociedad after a poor challenge from Raul Navas.

Barcelona have only confirmed the nature of the injury, and not how long he will be out for, but Deschamps is expecting him back in action for France soon.

“Right now we’re not ruling out having him available for Monday [a friendly against Ireland], based on the reports I have and his sensations,” he said.

”I can’t hide the fact I feared the worst when I saw the tackle but I was able to talk with him and a serious injury was ruled out.

”It’s just a bit of bruising now after the sprain, but it’s not serious. It’s a small injury, he won’t miss the World Cup, no way.”

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France have friendlies against Iceland, Italy and the USA before they begin their World Cup campaign.

They have been drawn in Group C and will take on Australia, Denmark and Peru in Russia.