Didier Deschamps has confirmed that France forward Anthony Martial is suffering with an injury, but does not believe that he is in any danger of missing Euro 2016. The highly-rated 20-year-old, who joined Manchester United from AS Monaco in a £36m ($52.6m) deal last summer, appears to be dealing with a thigh muscle issue owing to a taxing domestic campaign and is unlikely to be considered for Monday night's (30 May) friendly clash with Cameroon at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.
"Martial has pain in his thigh," the manager was quoted as saying by Fox Sports. "He finished the season late. I will not take any risks tomorrow and it is likely that he will not participate in the match. There is no doubt about Martial's participation in the Euros. His thigh problem is muscular fatigue."
France are hosting the expanded 24-team tournament and begin their quest for a third European title against Group A rivals Romania at the Stade de France on Friday 10 June before facing Albania and Switzerland respectively. Les Bleus also meet Scotland at Metz's Stade Saint-Symphorien in a final warm-up friendly next week.
Deschamps has already named a 23-man squad for the Euros, although was forced into a change last week when Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane sustained a grade two injury of the left thigh muscle before being swiftly replaced by Sevilla counterpart Adil Rami. Samuel Umtiti of Lyon has also been drafted in to cover Barcelona's Jeremy Mathieu, who was ruled out with a calf problem picked up during last weekend's Copa del Rey final win.
The former Monaco, Juventus and Marseille boss has until midnight on Tuesday (31 May) to make any further alterations, but insists that he will not recall Mamadou Sakho after Uefa declined to extend the Liverpool centre-back's provisional 30-day suspension handed down in the aftermath of a failed drugs test. A full decision on the case is expected to be released over the coming days.
"Seriously? No," Deschamps responded when asked if he could pick the player. "Or I have no respect for the players I selected. When I decided [on the squad] there was no evidence that the end [for Sakho] would be positive, even if it needed confirmation."