France blow as Varane is ruled out
FRANCE'S Euro 2016 preparations took a knock on Tuesday with key defender Raphael Varane ruled out of next month's tournament on home soil with his place taken by Adil Rami.
Coach Didier Deschamps had feared the worst after Real Madrid announced on Sunday that the 23-year-old Varane, capped 29 times for France, had suffered a serious
left thigh injury.
Scans confirmed his fears and the diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors that the player would be out of action for up to three weeks.
"The clinical examination and MRI Tuesday morning at Rambouillet hospital confirmed the initial diagnosis of the medical staff of Real Madrid, namely a torn left biceps femoris grade 2," the French Football Federation said.
"Given the unavailability time considered too long against national team deadlines, Didier Deschamps decided not to retain Raphael Varane for Euro 2016."
France, winners in 1984 and 2000, open their Euro campaign against Romania
on June 10.