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Abidal risks World Cup place

24 March 2014, 16:24

Paris - Eric Abidal did his chances of earning a place in France's World Cup squad no good by going AWOL on Sunday after the defender was overlooked for Monaco's Ligue 1 game against Lille.

Abidal, who was diagnosed with a cancerous liver tumour in 2011 and had a liver transplant the following year, has struggled this season, showing a worrying lack of pace at both club and international level.

The 34-year-old was omitted from Didier Deschamps's squad to face Netherlands in a friendly earlier this month.

Deschamps has repeatedly said there is no room for off-field dramas in the France team, and stressed players have to be performing for their clubs if they are to be picked for the June 13-July 12 tournament in Brazil.

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri said leaving the centre back out on Sunday was a sporting decision, and made it clear Abidal, who took part in Les Bleus' World Cup qualifying campaign, would be asked to explain himself.

"It's his problem, I know he was at home. He did not stay for the game," Ranieri said. "If there is a problem I will talk with the club. I want to know why he left.

"He came with us (to the pre-game camp) and he left. He was not on the bench. He left."

After recovering from a stomach bug, Abidal was in the frame for a place in the squad but Ranieri went with Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, who slotted in while Abidal was not fit.

"He had had a good week, he had trained every day, but I preferred another player."

Ranieri now has to decide whether Abidal will be part of the squad to face Ligue 2 side RC Lens in a French Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.

"I will see how it goes in the training session and I will then make a decision," the Italian said.

Monaco's Ligue 1 title challenge all but ended when they drew 1-1 with at home to Lille on Sunday, leaving them 10 points adrift of leaders Paris St Germain.

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