Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Varane in France squad

By Reuters
Last update 04/02/2013 at 07:32 -
By Reuters - 04/02/2013 at 07:32

Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Varane in France squadFrance coach Didier Deschamps has called up Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa after a thigh injury ruled Raphael Varane out of Wednesday's friendly against Germany, the French Federation said on Sunday.


The uncapped 19-year-old Varane picked up a muscle injury during Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat at Granada in la Liga on Saturday.

"Real Madrid and France doctors agreed that the player was not fit enough to play in the coming days," a statement read.

The 23-year-old Yanga-Mbiwa, who joined Newcastle from Montpellier during the transfer window, has three international caps.

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