Gonalons replaces injured Matuidi in France squad for friendlies
France coach Didier Deschamps has called up Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons to replace the injured Blaise Matuidi for upcoming friendlies against Albania and Sweden.
Matuidi, a key member of the team that reached the World Cup quarterfinals, fractured two bones in his right hand playing for Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s 2-0 win over title rival Marseille.
Gonalons last played for France two years ago in a 2-1 win at Italy.
France plays Albania in Rennes on Friday and hosts Sweden in Marseille four days later.