When Yann M'Vila went down injured against Serbia on Thursday, he appeared to be out of Euro 2012, seriously hindering France's chances of going far in the competition. Before he was substituted and sent down the tunnel, M'Vila was crying on the sidelines, overwhelmed by the thought of missing out on the tournament. Ankle ligament damage was feared at first, but M'Vila has dodged a bullet.
M'Vila has a sprained ankle and is hopeful that he can still go to Euro 2012 with France. How much time he misses depends on the degree of the sprain, but it would be very surprising if M'Vila was able to play in France's first group stage game on June 11. However, he's optimistic about his chances to return that quickly.
"We will let things run their course, and hopefully I'll be ready for June 11, God willing. I'm able to put my foot down on the floor, but I still have to walk with crutches, just in case. There is time to heal before the Euros."
Laurent Blanc now has to consider whether or not to call in a replacement, though based on M'Vila's assessment of his own health, he'll probably stick with the team he has. If M'Vila can't play for France against England in their opening game of the tournament, Alou Diarra is likely to take his place in the lineup.