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VIDEO: French defender hit with 10-game ban for leg-breaking tackle

St Etienne’s Kurt Zouma is set for a spell on the sidelines after being suspended for his challenge on Sochaux midfielder Thomas Guerbert.

SAINT ETIENNE DEFENDER Kurt Zouma has received a 10-match ban after breaking the leg of Sochaux’s Thomas Guerbert.

Midfielder Guerbert was left with a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg, together with a dislocated ankle, following a rash challenge from Zouma in Saturday’s Ligue 1 match at Stade Auguste-Bonal.

Zouma was sent off, but now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after the Professional Football League (LFP) opted to dole out an extended suspension as part of their ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to tackles that cause players to sustain serious injuries.

Nice’s Valentin Eysseric was given an 11-match ban last season for a leg-breaking challenge on Saint-Etienne’s Jeremy Clement.

Zouma’s ban will be served across all domestic competitions and means he will not play again until 2014. The news comes as a significant blow to Saint-Etienne, as the France Under-21 international had featured in all but one of their 12 league games to date.

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