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Marie-Antoinette Katoto package, Les Bleues without their star scorer

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The French women’s football team suffered a blow on Friday, the day after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Euro, with the loss to injury of its star striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto, seriously injured in a knee and constrained to throw in the towel.

France football team striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto, injured on Thursday during the Women’s Euro match against Belgium (2-1), is out of the rest of the tournament, said Friday July 15 to AFP a source having knowledge of the file.

The player is suffering from a ruptured anterior ligament in her right knee and her meniscus is cracked, the source claimed.

In the post-match conference, coach Corinne Deacon had mentioned a “sprain”, without being able to specify the seriousness of the injury and the duration of unavailability.

The n°9 was forced out after a quarter of an hour against Belgium, injured in the right knee in the absence of any contact with an opponent. Taking care not to set foot on the ground, she was examined at the level of the right knee by the doctor of the Blues then joined the stand on crutches after half-time.

She had been hit in the same knee during training the day before the match, after a shock with a teammate.

“MAK” is the star center forward of the France team, qualified for the quarter-finals scheduled for July 23 even before the last match of the first round against Iceland on Monday.

At 23, the Paris SG player is presented as one of the headliners of the English Euro, expectations linked in particular to her efficiency this season: her personal total stands at 48 goals, including 16 with the selection after 15 matches, all started as starters.

The rules of UEFA, the organizing body of the Euro, only allows the replacement of a goalkeeper “in the event of injury or serious illness” during the tournament. Regarding outfield players, on the other hand, no substitution is allowed after the first match.

With AFP

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