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In absence, Mathieu Debuchy reaffirms importance for France

In the absence of Mathieu Debuchy for France this last week, neither of his two replacements managed to convince Didier Deschamps.

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Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy resumed light training earlier in March, according to TalkSport, following the shoulder injury he sustained against Stoke City in Premier League action for the Gunners.

While the former Newcastle United man ought to be able to return to Arsene Wenger’s first time some time over the coming weeks, he wasn’t able to join France for their friendlies against Brazil and Denmark this week.

Les Bleus managed to overcome the Danes on Sunday evening, but they were comprehensively beaten by the Selcao on Thursday evening.

In his absence, both Manchester City’s Bacary Sagna and Christophe Jallet of Olympique Lyonnais received an opportunity to impress.
Neither man was particularly convincing.

Jallet will be 32 by the time the European Champions roll around, and ought to be considered a last resort.

Sagna will be 33. While he is an experienced presence in the backline, he is steadily drifting to the peripheries of the Manchester City squad—he’s only feature eight times in the Premier League this term—and his average 0.8 interceptions-per-match [via WhoScored] is the lowest it has been for five years.

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