Posted March 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
France right back Mathieu Debuchy will miss the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Spain because of a thigh muscle injury and has been replaced with Rod Fanni. France coach Didier Deschamps said Monday that tests revealed Debuchy ''has a thigh muscle tear,'' without giving further details. The Newcastle player limped off early in the first half of the match against Wigan on Sunday. France has other injury concerns, with winger Franck Ribery recovering from an ankle ligament injury, and midfielder Yohan Cabaye and winger Jeremy Menez both nursing groin strains. Deschamps says those three were to train separately from the rest of the squad on Monday evening but ''they should train with the rest of the squad (on Tuesday).'' France plays Georgia on Friday and Spain four days later.

Deschamps faces dilemma ahead of Georgia game

France coach Didier Deschamps must decide whether to gamble on picking players for the World Cup qualifier with Georgia who are at risk of being suspended for the critical game against Spain four days later. Midfielders Yohan Cabaye, Maxime Gonalons and Blaise Matuidi and center back Laurent Koscielny will be suspended if they are booked against Georgia on Friday, leaving Deschamps...
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