Payet risks missing the World Cup (photo credit: independent.com

France forward Dimitri Payet’s on Wednesday suffered a suspected thigh injury that could stop him from playing at the Russia 2018 World Cup in June.

The Marseille captain limped off during Wednesday’s Europa League final defeat by Atletico.

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The Frenchman was a fitness doubt for the final after missing Friday’s 3-3 draw at Guingamp.

But he declared himself ready to play the day before.

He was crying as he left the pitch in the 32nd minute to be replaced by Maxime Lopez.

Deschamps is due to name his squad on Thursday.