Fans of France and Newcastle United had their hearts in their mouth last night as right-back Mathieu Debuchy went down holding his leg after bursting down the right in a typical swashbuckling attack. At the time it looked a fairly innocuous challenge, but it was enough to force the defender to leave the game at half-time.
Ryder deleted this tweet >>> RT “@lee_ryder: Bad news for Debuchy. Fractured tibia and on crutches after injury on France v Jamaica game."— D W (@SirDanWilson) June 8, 2014
Lee Ryder, the Chief Sports writer for North-East newspaper The Chronicle tweeted that Debuchy had broken his tibia and was seen walking on crutches. The rumours spread around the internet like wildfire, and it was believed that the defender would miss the World Cup.
Panic over. No idea where the fracture rumour comes from. Debuchy just felt a bit of a strain when running.— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) June 8, 2014
Fans of both his national team and his club side were panicking that the exciting defender would be out for a significant period, but luckily it turns out that the journalist had jumped the gun and the story was far from the truth.
Just to clarify, early reports re: Mathieu Debuchy's injury being worse than feared originated from @lee_ryder's account. Tweet now deleted.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) June 8, 2014
Arsenal's Bacary Sagna came on to play the second half and later there were pictures of Debuchy taking his place on the bench without the aid of crutches. The Newcastle United defender is set to start for France this summer, and after the performances against Norway and the encouraging first-half against Jamaica, it will be hard for Didier Deschamps to justify dropping the Newcastle star.
Sunday was the first-time that Debuchy had returned to Lille since his €6 million move in 2013. The defender rose to fame after helping Lille to their league and cup double back in 2011, and his excellent performances for his country at Euro 2012. He was part of a number of former Lille players that received an excellent ovation as they returned to the Stade Pierre Mauroy, the 50,000 all-seater stadium was only opened two seasons ago, and Debuchy only managed a handful of games at the new stadium before leaving for the Premier League.
With injury fears unfounded, it was a happy return for the player who was born only two miles from the new stadium, and he tweeted after the game about his enjoyment at being back in Lille.
Debuchy will go for a precautionary scan before flying to Brazil. Didier Deschamps confirmed that the defender felt some discomfort when he put weight on his leg. France will be hoping that there are no further issues for the Debuchy and that the right-back can take his place against Honduras on June 15.