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France striker Ousmane Dembélé from Euro 2020 with a knee injury

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Hungarian Attila Fiola, right, challenges Frenchman Ousmane Dembele during the Group F match of the Euro 2020 football championship between Hungary and France at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, June 19.

Usman Dembele has been expelled from the European Championship due to a knee injury, the French Football Federation announced on Monday.

Dembélé suffered an injury during a 30-minute performance as a substitute before being substituted late in the team’s 1-1 draw with Hungary on Saturday.

The French team said Dembele took X-rays at a hospital in Budapest on Sunday.

“The length of recovery time is incompatible with keeping him on the team,” the team said.

Teams can replace injured goalkeepers, but not off-field players, after playing their first match of the tournament.

Dembele’s exit means that France coach Didier Deschamps will have only 25 players to choose from for the rest of Euro 2020. France will lead Group F and the next match with Portugal in Budapest on Wednesday.

Dembele plays for Barcelona. The French federation said the doctors had spoken to staff at the Spanish club before deciding to release him.

Dembele, 24, was a member of the French team that won the 2018 World Cup.

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