Six Nations: France captain Pascal Pape a doubt for Sunday's game with Italy
France skipper Pascal Pape is a doubt for Sunday's Six Nations game with Italy after he was forced out of training.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 7:00pm
The Stade Francais second row didn't appear to be injured when he left the session, but he had not fully recovered from Les Bleus' stunning 26-24 victory over England last weekend.
As a precaution, France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has retained four locks in his initial 25-man squad for the home clash with the Azzurri.
Pape has endured an injury-disrupted career and missed four of France's Six Nations game last year with a back problem.
Saint-Andre also released five players back to their clubs including wing Maxime Medard, who played the entire match against England.
Back-row forward Virgile Bruni, centre Maxime Mermoz and wings Geoffrey Palis and Marc Andreu have also been released to play in this weekend's Top 14 fixtures.
Saint-Andre will announce his starting line-up on Friday morning.