Football: Grenier out of France squad with thigh injury

Football: Grenier out of France squad with thigh injury
Lyon's French midfielder Clement Grenier reacts after scoring during the French L1 football match Lyon (OL) vs. Nice (OGC) on August 10, 2013 at the Stade Gerland stadium in Lyon, eastern France.

PARIS - Midfielder Clement Grenier has pulled out of the France squad before Friday's World Cup Group I qualifier against Georgia because of a left thigh injury, the French federation (FFF) said on Tuesday.

"Clement Grenier...has not recovered enough from the harmstring problem he suffered in the (Champions League playoff) game against Real Sociedad with his club Olympique Lyonnais,"the FFF said on their website (www.fff.fr).

Coach Didier Deschamps called up Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Maxime Gonalons, who has six caps, on Monday to replace injured Etienne Capoue and because of the uncertainty over Grenier's fitness.

France, who trail leaders Spain by one point, visit Georgia on Friday and Belarus four days later. They host Finland for the final match next month.

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