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Matuidi out of France friendlies

10 November 2014, 17:26

Paris - Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been forced out of France's forthcoming friendlies with Albania and Sweden after breaking a bone in his hand in Paris Saint-Germain's 2-0 victory over Marseille.

He will be replaced by Maxime Gonalons of Lyon, the French Football Federation announced on Monday.

Gonalons, 25, earns a recall to the national squad two years after he last featured, in the 2-1 win over Italy.

Matuidi is the second player to withdraw from coach Didier Deschamps' squad, after Sevilla's Benoit Tremoulinas pulled out with a foot injury and was replaced by 22-year-old Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa, who wins his first call-up to the senior squad.

France take on Albania in Rennes on Friday and play Sweden in Marseille next Tuesday.

Revised squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ENG), Benoit Costil (Rennes), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Mapou Yanga Mbiwa (AS Roma/ITA), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City/ENG), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City/ENG), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP), Loc Perrin (Saint-Etienne)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Paul Pogba (Juventus/ITA), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle/ENG), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton/ENG), Josuha Guilavogui (Wolfsbourg/GER)

Forwards: Mathieu Valbuena (Dynamo Moscow/RUS), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/ESP), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Marseille), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon).

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