Posted March 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
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 with a difficult decision to make over whether or not he should leave out first-choice players. Deschamps says ''the risk of suspension is an extra danger'' but ''it doesn't mean I will do it. '' Deschamps also has injury concerns, with Cabaye and winger Jeremy Menez nursing groin strains and star winger Franck Ribery recovering from an ankle ligament injury. France and Spain are level on seven points.

Debuchy out with injury for Georgia and Spain

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...
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