Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Lassana Diarra succumbs to Alps
by Paul Kennedy, May 23rd, 2010 12:47AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  france, spain, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[FRANCE] Lassana Diarra, expected to start in midfield for France at the World Cup, is out with an intestinal problem triggered when he and his French teammates climbed to the foot of La Grande Motte glacier in the Alps from its base camp in Tignes and slept in a restaurant at around 9,800 feet in a team-bonding exercise.

He missed practice for the third day in a row after the Wednesday trip and was ordered to rest for 10 days.

Unconfirmed reports say he's suffering from anemia caused by the effects of the high altitude.

The French national team has traditionally traveled to Tignes to prepare for major competitions.

Four years ago, the French players also climbed to the La Grande Motte glacier -- a trip that sparked controversy.

Goalie Gregory Coupet left the team in a huff after fellow keeper Fabien Barthez had refused to participate in the climb.

Coupet returned and Barthez was in goal when France reached the final.

Diarra was hoping a strong World Cup would boost his transfer value. He wants to leave Real Madrid, where he lost his starting job to Spaniard Xabi Alonso.

Diarra was expected to start alongside Jeremy Toulalan as France's two holding midfielders -- a position that has been a strength of the French team for more than a decade.

Coach Raymond Domenech might switch to a 4-3-3 formation with Bordeaux's Yoann Gourcuff and Arsenal's Abou Diaby and Toulalan in midfield.

Domenech had already reduced the French team from 30 to 24 players -- 23 plus uncapped Bordeaux defender Marc Planus, who would go to South Africa if William Gallas wasn't fit.

If Domenech were to add another holding midfielder, it would be 19-year-old Yann M'vila, who is with France's under-21 team in Argentina.

The irony is that Domenech chose to take a reduced roster to Tignes after his experience two years ago when he took 30 players and in what he called "the worst moment of my coaching career," had to knock on hotel room doors of seven players, tell them they were cut and ship them off on a waiting helicopter.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
WCQ: Atlanta's Martinez injured in Venezuela match    
Josef Martinez, who has set MLS by storm with five goals in his first three games ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I am surprised. What surprises me is we don't seem -- in the last five or ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"It's kind of a next-man-up [situation]. It's not a like-for-like kind of substitution when you lose ...
What's new in USL for 2017    
Will the seventh USL season prove to be lucky? It will certainly be the largest in ...
Three keys to USA-Honduras    
Anything but a victory Friday night in San Jose would leave the USA with no more ...
Datebook: Hexagonal Matchday 3    
The USA-Honduras game will be the third game of the day in the Hexagonal on Friday. ...
Video Pick: How Lodeiro sparkled on his path to MLS    
Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro took MLS by storm when he arrived last year, leading the Seattle ...
MLS Week 4: Timbers aim to make it four in a row    
The Portland Timbers will look to improve to 4-0-0 when they play at Columbus Crew SC ...
Pulisic: 'I'm not going to put extra pressure on myself'    
The 18-year-old Christian Pulisic enters the USA-Honduras game on a roll, having scored Bundesliga, Champions League ...
U.S. Abroad: Lloyd hits winner in European debut    
Carli Lloyd's first goal for Manchester City, a header in the 30th minute, was the winner ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives