Barthez misses qualifiers
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fabien Barthez has pulled out the France squad with an ankle injury.Fabien Barthez has pulled out of the France squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Israel and Faroe Islands with an ankle injury.
The Marseille goalkeeper twisted his ankle in training with Les Bleus on Monday and exams have shown he will not be fit in time for the upcoming qualifying contests.
France coach Raymond Domenech has replaced the former Monaco and Manchester United custodian with Nantes goalkeeper Mickael Landreau.
"Medical examinations confirmed on Tuesday that he would not have time to recover before the game against Israel," team spokesman Yann le Guillard.
Landreau and Lyon's Gregory Coupet will contest for the number one jersey ahead of Saturday's match with the Israelis at Stade de France and the trip to the Faroes four days later.