Euro 2012 qualifiers

Injured Koscielny in France squad

August 25, 2011

Uncapped Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has been named in the France squad for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Albania and Romania despite picking up an injury last weekend.

Laurent Koscielny
GettyImagesLaurent Koscielny made his return from injury in Arsenal's 8-2 loss to United

The 25-year-old missed last night's 2-1 win at Udinese, which secured the Gunners' place in the Champions League group stage, after hurting his back early in Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

Koscielny received his first call-up for February's friendly against Brazil but played no part in the 1-0 victory at the Stade de France.

Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc has stuck with Adil Rami despite the fact the Valencia defender will be suspended for the Albania game.

Barcelona's Eric Abidal and Tottenham's Younes Kaboul look set to be Blanc's centre-back pairing against the Albanians, with Manchester United's Patrice Evra returning at left-back after he was included at the expense of Manchester City's Gael Clichy.

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena have also been recalled.

France, who sit top of qualifying Group D having picked up 13 points from six games, face Albania in Tirana on September 2 before taking on Romania in Bucharest four days later.

France squad: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille); Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Adil Rami (Valencia), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal); Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Yan M'Vila (Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Samir Nasri (Manchester City), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille); Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (Paris St Germain), Guillaume Hoarau (Paris St Germain), Jeremy Menez (Paris St Germain), Loic Remy (Marseille), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich).