Payet limps off injured for Marseille

Dimitri Payet was in tears as he left the field at Stade de Lyon and was consoled by teammates

Australia's World Cup opponents France may have lost another key player after midfielder Dimitri Payet limped off injured in Marseille's 3-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.

Marseille was lost without the silky playmaker pulling the strings in midfield, and Atletico took complete control after he went off in the 31st minute.

"You need your best players at their best level in this kind of game," Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said. "When you lose your captain it becomes tough."

Despite carrying a thigh injury into the game, Payet appeared to be sharp and played a great through ball for Valere Germain in the third minute - but the striker lofted it over.

It was Marseille's best chance until substitute Kostas Mitroglou hit the post in the 81st minute, by which time it was already 2-0.

"Even though Payet was not fully fit, he still almost set up a goal," Garcia said. "We also lost our best passer and our best free-kick taker."

Payet could also be doubtful for the World Cup, with France coach Didier Deschamps to announce his World Cup squad on Thursday.

Payet is the French league's top playmaker this season with 13 assists and had three goals and seven assists in the Europa League, starring in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Payet was in tears as he left the field at Stade de Lyon and was consoled by teammates.

He is the second French player to go down in recent days, after defender Laurent Koscielny was ruled out of the World Cup thanks to an Achilles injury.

Koscielny suffered the injury playing for Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.

France share Group C at the World Cup with Australia, Peru and Denmark, with the tournament to begin on June 14.