Andrea Raggi or Aymen Abdennour to start in defence for Monaco

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AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has acknowledged that either Aymen Abdennour or Andrea Raggi will replace Ricardo Carvalho this weekend.

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The Portugal centre-back will miss Friday evening’s clash against AS Saint-Etienne after spraining his knee in action for the Seleccao against Serbia last week.

While Monaco are optimistic that the veteran stopper is not facing an extended absence, he has been ruled out for the Ligue 1 clash this weekend.

In his place, Jardim will call upon either Italian stopper Raggi or Tunisian centre-back Abdennour. The former hasn’t featured since February 1 when he played 39 minutes in the 0-0 draw against Olympique Lyonnais. Since then, the versatile defender has been injured, but the coach has confirmed that he is fit enough to be considered for selection this weekend.

Abdennour, by contrast, returns to the club after an international break when Morocco faced Uruguay and Burkina Faso.

As reported by Monaco’s official Twitter account, either he or the Italian will start in defence against the Stephanois at the Stade Louis II.

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