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Abidal, Benzema to miss France games

Abidal, Benzema to miss France games
By Reuters

04/10/2011 at 02:13Updated 04/10/2011 at 06:02

France will be without Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Albania and next Tuesday's game with Bosnia

Benzema has been ruled out because of an abductor muscle problem, while Abidal damaged a hamstring in his right leg in his team's win over Sporting Gijon and will be out of action for up to 10 days.

    "The nature of the injury means we couldn't have him for the two matches. He must return to Real Madrid tonight," France coach Laurent Blanc said of Benzema's injury, and also said he did not know if he would call up a replacement.

    Abidal joins Cesc Fabregas, who suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday, Andres Iniesta, Ibrahim Afellay and Alexis Sanchez in the Barca treatment room.

    France lead Group D by a point from Bosnia with just the two home qualifiers left.

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