PSG’s Matuidi Pulls out of France Friendly with a Fracture

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has withdrawn from France squad after breaking his hand at the weekend.

Matuidi was originally in coach Didier Deschamp’s squad for their upcoming friendlies against Albania and Sweden but will now miss out after sustaining the injury in Paris St-Germain’s 2-0 Ligue 1 victory over Marseille on Sunday.

“After suffering a fracture of the second and third metacarpal on the right hand during the Classico on Sunday evening, Blaise Matuidi will not be able to join up with the French national team for the two friendly matches against Albania and Sweden,” read a statement on PSG’s official website.

Blaise Matuidi Strikes for France Against Switzerland During the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Image: Getty.
Blaise Matuidi Strikes for France Against Switzerland During the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Image: Getty.

“Eric Rolland, the doctor from Paris Saint-Germain confirmed this to Franck Le Gall, doctor of the Blues. Following this, Didier Deschamps called up Lyon’s Maxime Gonalons to join the squad.”

The French Football Confederation also confirmed that Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma had been called into the squad due to doubts over the fitness of Loic Perrin and Eliaquim Mangala.

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