Associated Press  |  Last updated October 10, 2012
France coach Didier Deschamps will give goalkeeper Hugo Lloris valuable playing time in Friday's friendly against Japan ahead of next week's World Cup qualifier against Spain. To his frustration, Lloris has played only one Premier League game since his offseason move from Lyon to Tottenham, where he has been kept out of the team by the 41-year-old Brad Friedel. Deschamps would normally have given backup goalie Steve Mandanda a game in a low-key friendly, but said Wednesday that ''Lloris will play on Friday and he will be captain.'' Deschamps has seen his midfield decimated by injury, with Abou Diaby, Alou Diarra, Rio Mavuba and Lassana Diarra all sidelined. Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye sat out Tuesday's training because of abdominal pains and is unlikely to start against Japan.
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