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Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri confirmed he has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of Sunday's crunch Ligue 1 match against Nantes at La Beaujoire.

The Les Rouge et Blanc boss welcomed back five internationals, who were involved in action for their respective countries on Tuesday night, as he led training on Thursday with no new injuries to contend with.

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and midfield compatriot James Rodriguez, unused France substitute Eric Abidal, Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho and goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, whose Croatia side progressed - alongside France and Portugal - to reach the World Cup finals, all returned to Monaco unscathed.

Sunday's match promises to be an exciting one given both clubs are flying high in the Ligue 1 table with Nantes able to go above their third-placed opponents if they collect all three points and with Monaco hoping to put more pressure on the top two with a win.

Michel Der Zakarian's home side are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions, enjoying a 3-0 victory at Bordeaux in their last outing before the international break.

Former Monaco defender Olivier Veigneau is braced for a tough clash on Sunday evening, but believes his side can come out on top when it comes to set pieces.

He told ``Monaco's goal is to finish in the top three.

``They have many individuals and if they are having a good day, that can be very difficult - but hopefully we will get to put Monaco in trouble.

``They have conceded a few goals on set pieces and, for our part, we have been successful in this area.''

While Ranieri's side are hoping to return to winning ways after failing to win a match from their last three - suffering a 2-0 defeat to Lille at the beginning of the month before they were knocked out of the Coupe de France with a 1-0 loss at Reims.


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