Neustift (Austria) (AFP) – Lassana Diarra has become Euro 2016 hosts’ France’s latest injury casualty after the midfielder was ruled out of the tournament with a knee problem, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Marseille player, who was nominated for the French Ligue 1 player of the season award, is replaced in the squad by Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
Diarra hardly trained all week with the France team at Clairefontaine outside Paris and left the pitch at half-time in Monday’s 3-2 pre-tournament friendly win over Cameroon in Nantes.
“Taking stock of the situation, Lassana Diarra honestly expressed to the coach on Tuesday night his inability to compete in the Euro to the best of his ability,” the FFF said in a statement.
Diarra’s withdrawal is the latest blow to France coach Didier Deschamps’ plans, having already seen centre-backs Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu pull out injured, while he did not select Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho after he failed a drugs test in March.
France, European champions in 1984 and 2000, are currently at a training camp in Austria.
They will stay in Austria until June 4 where they will play a final preparation friendly against Scotland. The hosts kick off their Euro campaign against Romania at the Stade de France on June 10.
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