Malouda doubtful for France

Another Premier League player, Yohan Cabaye, is touch-and-go for

the USA match ahead of a scan, while Marseille’s Loic Remy is a

concern for Les Bleus boss Laurent Blanc. Manchester City

midfielder Nasri has been carrying a knee injury since the UEFA

Champions League win over Villarreal and at the same time has also

been forced to seek emergency dental treatment in Paris. He told

French television: “I have a problem in my knee since the

Villarreal match.” He added: “It’s an old issue which is

resurfacing.” France boss Blanc had told L’Equipe earlier on

Tuesday: “Nasri has big tendinitis in the patella tendon. He also

had a dental problem that forced him to Paris to see a dentist

urgently.” Chelsea midfielder Malouda has a thigh complaint and

striker Remy is a doubt as he is struggling with an adductor

injury. The France squad are gathered at their training

headquarters in Clairefontaine to prepare for the friendlies

against the USA and Belgium and Blanc revealed the doubts over his

key men. Blanc is likely to wait until Wednesday morning before

naming his squad to face the USA and is not ruling out making

changes ahead of the game against Belgium next Tuesday. “We’ll see

who’s missed out in the first game and could recover for the

second,” he added. “Based on that, we’ll see if I recall one or two