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Blow for France as Real Madrid defender ruled out of Euros

The player will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation announced on Tuesday.

France's Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016.
France's Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016.
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FRANCE’S REAL MADRID defender Raphael Varane has been ruled out of Euro 2016 because of a left thigh injury and will be replaced by Adil Rami, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Tuesday.

The FFF said in a statement that scans had confirmed the initial diagnosis of Real Madrid team doctors who estimated the player would be out of action for up to three weeks.

“Given the unavailability time considered too long against national team deadlines, (coach) Didier Deschamps decided not to retain Raphael Varane for Euro 2016,” the FFF statement continued.

“As a result, the coach made the decision to integrate Adil Rami in the list of 23.”

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