Les Bleus turn to Briand

Blanc opts for Lyon forward after injury crisis

Last Updated: 04/09/10 6:50pm

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Briand: Called up

Briand: Called up

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France manager Laurent Blanc has called up Lyon striker Jimmy Briand for the clash with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Les Bleus lost their opening Euro 2012 qualifier against Belarus 1-0 at home on Friday night, and now face a tough trip to Bosnia as they try and get their campaign up and running.

It was a night to forget against Belarus as Loic Remy, Louis Saha and Guillaume Hoarau all suffered injuries.

Remy hurt his groin while Saha limped off with a calf strain after coming on as a substitute and Hoarau injured his right shoulder.

Briand, 25, did not make the squad for France's World Cup debacle but now has a chance to prove a point to manager Blanc.

Bosnia-Herzegovina currently top Group D after winning 3-0 away to Luxembourg on Friday.

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