Friday, 14 October 2011

Back in the old routine

Like England's rugby World Cup campaign, the international break has finally, thankfully, been put out of it's misery.

The French footballers weren't quite as potent as their egg-shaped counterparts, but got the job done and booked their place at Euro 2012 thanks to an edgy 1-1 draw with Bosnia on Tuesday. A summer of expectation followed by crushing disappointment and stroppiness awaits.

Jezza Menezza and Kevin Gameiro both featured for Les Bleus, and came through unscathed despite Menez going into the game with a slight injury. The former Roma winger won't be playing for the PSG on Sunday though, as he is suspended after picking up three yellow cards.

"After the international break, the squad is approaching the game in serene fashion," said Menez.

"We're top of the league, we can't afford to put ourselves under pressure and we have to build on our performances of recent weeks. Unfortunately I won't be there but my heart will be with my team-mates."

Isn't that sweet. Unfortunately Jez isn't the only one who will be missing, with Lugano and Matuidi also suspended. You may remember that Matuidi is injured anyway, and we're unlikely to see him again for another five weeks or so.

Talented Mexican keeper, and one time PSG target, Guillermo Ochoa aside, Ajaccio are pretty rubbish, but with so many players out I've got a bad feeling about this match. Bisevac is still injured, so Mamadou Sakho is poised for an immediate return after an appearance for the reserves last Saturday. It's good to have the skipper back of course, but he wasn't up to much before he got injury, and so far this season defensive change hasn't been a recipe for success. But I'm sure we'll be fine. Maybe.

Meanwhile, a quick update on BECKHAMWATCH. Apparently he and Vicky have been apartment-hunting in the French capital, and are on the look out for a triplex. Makes sense, they're probably one of the few couples who can afford more than a broom cupboard in Paris. According to Le Parisien, negotiations are ongoing and the former England skipper could sign an 18-month contract, joining the squad after the winter break. Someone pass the razor-blades.


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