Thauvin out against Russia

Les Bleus

Florian Thauvin is suffering from a muscular lesion that has forced him out of action for the friendly against World Cup 2018 host nation Russia on Tuesday.

Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, who injured hamstring, has been declared unfit for France's friendly match in Russia on Tuesday night, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Monday.

Not replaced

The 25-year-old, who has been having an excellent season with Marseille on Ligue 1 Conforama (16 goals, ten assists) is suffering from a 'muscular lesion in his left hamstring', according to the FFF's announcement. No other player has been called up to replace the Marseille sensation in the squad for this final hit-out before the announcement of coach Didier Deschamps' World Cup squad on May 15.

Thauvin, who has three France caps to his name to date, faces stiff competition on the right wing (from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappé and FC Barcelona's Ousmane Dembélé). Deschamps' men are coming off a shock 3-2 defeat at the hands of Colombia at the Stade de France on Friday night and will thus be looking to close out their final camp before World Cup preparations begin.


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