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Football: Katoto and Diani out, Malard, Diaz and Samoura called up for Les Bleues' trip to Portugal


Highlights: Les Bleues will be without Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani. Hervé Renard has called up Melvine Malard, Hillary Diaz and Thiniba Samoura. France face Portugal on Tuesday in the final match of the Nations League. Les Bleues find out on 11 December, following a draw at UEFA, which team they will face for a place in the Final Four of the tournament. The draw will take place at UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland.

For the trip to Portugal on Tuesday on the last day of the Nations League, coach Hervé Renard will be without both

It is the final match of the group stage of the Women's Nations League. This Tuesday (19:15, France 4), the France team travels to Portugal.

On Friday, Hervé Renard's players dominated Austria (3-0) with a goal from Marie-Antoinette Katoto, on her return after eighteen months away from Les Bleues.

The PSG striker will not be able to continue her momentum. On Sunday evening, the French coaching staff announced that Katoto had to withdraw from the meeting in Portugal due to a muscle discomfort in his thigh. The same goes for Kadidiatou Diani, the Lyonnaise.

Hervé Renard has chosen to call 3️up ⃣ new players for the end of the training camp, in view of the match against Portugal. Melvine Malard, Hillary Diaz and Thiniba Samoura will join Les Bleues until Tuesday. #FiersdetreBleues

— Women's France Team (@equipedefranceF) December 3, 2023

These two forfeits in attack forced Hervé Renard to call up Melvine Malard, the Manchester United player.

The coach has also chosen to call up two defenders: Hillary Diaz (Bordeaux) and Thiniba Samoura (Paris Saint-Germain) who has so far been with the U23s.

In a press release from the FFF, Hervé Renard explained these call-ups: "There is a double desire: firstly, that of continuing my review of the squad with a view to the deadlines that await us. And, secondly, a more strategic desire. We were able to use UEFA's regulations which state that players under threat of a second yellow card on Tuesday would be deprived of the semi-final of the Final Four. We have six players (Élisa De Almeida, Amandine Henry, Léa Le Garrec, Eugénie Le Sommer, Griedge MBock and Wendie Renard) in this situation and I wanted to multiply my options to avoid any risk of suspension even though our qualification is assured before the match against Portugal".

Les Bleues will find out on 11 December, following a draw organised at UEFA, which team they will face for a place in the final of the Nations League.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2023-12-03

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