M'Vila returns for France
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France coach Laurent Blanc revealed on Sunday that Yann M'Vila has returned to fitness following his ankle injury, but said he was unlikely to start Monday's UEFA EURO 2012 opener against England.

M'Vila had been expected to miss out with the injury, which he sustained in the 2-0 friendly win over Serbia on 31 May, but Blanc said he stood a chance of being named in the squad for the Group D curtain-raiser in Donetsk.

"For Yann M'Vila, Blaise Matuidi and Steve Mandanda, the news is pretty reassuring," said Blanc. "That's to say that they will train with the group tonight (Sunday). The medical staff have done remarkably well to get them back as quickly as possible."

He added: "The three players are ready to train, but there's also a risk. But if you worry about risks too much, you'll finish the EURO without having used any of those players. Our objective is to pick the best team possible. I think it'll be hard for those three to start, but they should be in the squad."

With M'Vila expected to start on the bench, Alou Diarra is set to continue to deputise for him in the holding midfield role.