Silvestre Back In France Squad + Sagna Ruled Out

Mikael Silvestre has been handed a place in the France squad ahead of Wednesday’s International friendly for against Uruguay at Stade de France.

The 31-year-old former Man United defender’s last game for Les Bleus was in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, two years on, and Mikael is back in his countries fold thanks to some accomplished performances in the Gunners backline.

France coach Raymond Domenech told French media:

“Mika [Silvestre] plays. He is among those who have some background, experience. He’s getting games for Arsenal as well.”

Domenech joked that he would play the whole Arsenal defence (Sagna, Gallas, Silvestre and Clichy) and ‘hopefully’ that might save him from the press’ criticism.

“I may play all of Arsenal’s defence. So at least I am sure that nobody criticize me.”

And before any of the International action has got underway, Arsenal have already got an injury issue to contend with. Bacary Sagna has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game due to an ankle injury sustained on Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

“We’ve got Julien Escudé who’s out, Bacary Sagna and Lassana Diarra are out for sure. Jean-Alain Boumsong may fill in.” Domenech said.

Predicted Starting XI:

Fanni – Gallas – Silvestre – Clichy
Vieira – Toulalan
Ribery – Benzema – Henry

Gooner Talk will keep you updated with all the latest International news concerning Arsenal’s stars in the coming days – stay locked.

Many thanks to Vince from ASCFR.


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