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Published: Saturday August 4, 2007 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday July 7, 2013 MYT 10:25:01 PM

Coupet out for four months after damaging knee ligament

PARIS: France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet will be sidelined for four months after damaging a knee ligament in training with his Olympique Lyon club on Thursday, the six-time French champions said. 

Coupet, who tore a left knee ligament after his foot got caught in the net, will undergo surgery on Monday. 

The injury is a severe blow for Lyon, who start the Ligue 1 season by welcoming Auxerre tomorrow, and also for France. 

Coupet will miss at least four Euro 2008 qualifiers and notably the next one, a potentially-decisive match against world champions Italy on Sept 8 in Milan. 

“That’s life,” Coupet told his club’s television channel, OL-TV.  

“It’s not the end of the world.  

“I heard a crack and I feared it could be much worse.  

“The good side to it is that we have a rugby World Cup coming and I’ll be able to enjoy every bit of it.” 

Number two Remy Vercoutre will deputise in the Lyon goal. – Reuters  

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