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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Cissé suffers horrible injury and will miss the Cup

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French striker Djibril Cissé suffered a heartbraking injury that will take him away from the World Cup. He got a broken leg in France’s friendly game over China in St Etienne.

The football player winced in pain as he was taken off after only 10 minutes into the encounter in the France’s final match on home soil before heading for the World Cup. The striker was chasing the ball down the right flank and was simply knocked off balance by an opposing defender. And the worst part was that as he fell, the Cisse’s right leg twisted under him and buckled above the ankle, fracturing his tibia and right fibula.

In fact, this unfortunate injury comes only 20 months after he broke his left leg playing for Liverpool against Blackburn in the Premier League. It will be the second consecutive major international tournament he has missed after being banned for five matches of Euro 2002 for a sending off in an under-21 match. Cissé was expected to start upfront for France alongside Thierry Henry in the opener against Switzerland on Tuesday, after top scoring for France in the World Cup qualifiers with 4 goals.

But he must now face the prospect of sitting through the world cup in plaster as he underwent immediate surgery on Wednesday night, as France coach Raymond Domenech said:

"He is in hospital and he's undergoing surgery, it's a vicious blow to all of us... Everything was going so well. All the players are depressed. Even during the game you could see it. They just lost interest in the match."

Thierry Henry also revealed that Cisse’s injury had greatly affected the French footballers,

"I was beside him when he fell and I heard him yell,’ said Henry. ‘Losing a team mate and a friend like that just before a World Cup, it's very tough."

Speculations come up to say that either Fenerbahce’s Nicholas Anelka or Ludovic Giuly of Barcelona will take the spot in the squad. "The rule is that we can replace an injured player until a day before the first match,’ said the French coach. "For the moment I have other worries. Then we'll think about it and talk about it between us."

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