Giuly facing Euro 2004 heartache
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The diminutive playmaker hobbled out of Monaco's defeat to Porto in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Final and it has now been confirmed that he will be absent from France's bid to retain the European Championship.
France coach Jacques Santini has now called up Lyon's Sidney Govou as a replacement.
''I have decided to call up Sidney Govou because the recovery period of Ludovic Giuly will be too long,'' confirmed Santini.
Giuly has suffered a muscular tear and tests have indicated that the player is unlikely to return to action for another six weeks - ruling him out of Jacques Santini's plans for Portugal.
Although Giuly would have likely spent much of the tournament on France's bench, this latest blow will severely disappoint the in-form midfielder.