Euro-2020 Qualifiers: Matuidi Forfeit With France, Replaced By Guendouzi

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Blaise Matuidi injured with Juventus against AC Milan in Turin, November 10, 2019

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi, injured on Sunday in club club Juventus Turin, has withdrawn with the French team for the end of qualifying for Euro-2020 against Moldova and Albania, the Federation announced. French (FFF) Monday.

“The exams conducted Monday morning in Turin confirmed an injury that made it impossible for Blaise Matuidi to be on the field on Thursday and Sunday,” the FFF said.

The World Champion, injured in the match against AC Milan (1-0), suffered a fracture of the costal cartilage at the height of the 10th coast, according to his club that did not release duration of unavailability .

The former Parisian, 32, had not missed the least rally since exactly five years with the Blues, in 2014.

“Unfortunately I am sorry for this rally, but certain that the team of France will seek the qualifier.” Already anxious to return for the next deadlines, “he reacted on Twitter.


Blue midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi during a training session, September 2, 2019 in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines

The coach Didier Deschamps has decided to call in his place the Arsenal player Mattéo Guendouzi, initially summoned with the Espoirs, as in September when he had to replace Paul Pogba.

Guendouzi, 20, had not had a minute of play in September against Albania (4-1) and Andorra (3-0).

The hopes, the revelation of the beginning of the season of Rennes Eduardo Camavinga will discover them: just 17, just days after naturalization, the middle born in Angola was summoned instead of Guendouzi. He had to join his new teammates in the evening.

After coming out injured on Saturday with Tottenham, Tanguy Ndombélé presented himself on the training ground at the end of the afternoon, but he left without running, like seven of his teammates, after a session of autograph. “It’s not very bad, a little worry that should be able to be resolved within 48 hours,” had evacuated Deschamps earlier.


Eduardo Camavinga with Stade Rennais, during the visit of his team to Nantes, September 25, 2019

Kylian Mbappé, absent with Paris SG this weekend in the league, has participated in the session until the end, as Olivier Giroud and Clement Lenglet, not used in club either in recent days. The package of Mbappé was “a precaution” PSG, there is “no particular concern on Thursday’s game,” said Deschamps about the world champion soon to be 21 years old.

The reigning European vice-champions, H group coleaders with Turkey, need only two points to be certain to qualify. They could even be without playing if Iceland does not impose in Turkey, Thursday before France-Moldova.


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