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Matuidi out of France’s Final Two Euro 2020 Qualifiers


Ahmed Ahmed

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:12 GMT

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been ruled out of France’s final two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Moldova and Albania. The 32-year-old suffered a rib injury over the weekend in the win against AC Milan and has now been replaced by Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi.

France are currently level on points with Turkey at the top of Group H. They are expected to qualify, needing only one win from the final two games to ensure qualification.

They can even afford to lose both games if Iceland fail to beat Turkey. AFP reported that Matuidi posted on Twitter will make the Euros despite his absence.

"Unfortunately, I am out of the side, but I'm certain that [France] will qualify," he tweeted.

His replacement, Guendouzi, was first called up to the senior national team in September to cover for an injured Paul Pogba. He failed to come off the substitute bench that time and will be hoping for better luck in order to make his international debut this time around.