Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been released from international duty after suffering a recurrence of a niggling Achilles problem during training with the rest of his France team-mates.
‘Les Blues’ coach Didier Deschamp has called up Roma defender Mapu Yanga-Mbiwa to replace the injured centre-back for his side’s upcoming friendlies.
Koscielny has been suffering from “chronic tendinitis of both Achilles
tendons for several months”.
“Without noting any favourable changes for three days, and after discussion with the player and Franck Le Gall (doctor of the France team), Didier Deschamps decided on Thursday afternoon to release Laurent Koscielny back to his club,” a statement of the French FA’s website said.
Yanga-Mbiwa was consequently given a call to join up with the French squad at the National Football Centre at Clairefontaine and is expected to arrive by Thursday evening.
France, who are hosts for the 2016 European championship, entertains Portugal on Saturday and travel to Armenia next Tuesday in friendlies.
Arsenal are already without Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta and Koscielny’s news comes as another setback for the north London club.