Arsenal and France right-back Mathieu Debuchy has followed teammate Danny Welbeck in being ruled out of contention for Euro 2016 due to injury. The 30-year-old, who has been on loan with Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux since early February, suffered a thigh problem during a 1-1 draw with reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Matmut Atlantique on Wednesday (11 May).
Such a blow is expected to keep him sidelined for a number of weeks, meaning that he will not be considered for Didier Deschamps' party for the tournament, set to be named later today (12 May). Debuchy earned the last of his 27 senior international caps as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 friendly victory over Serbia in September 2015 and only appeared to have a slim chance of making the squad, having fallen behind the likes of Manchester City's Bacary Sagna and Christophe Jallet of Lyon in the pecking order.
Among the other absentees for the hosts, who have until 31 May to confirm their definitive 23-man squad for the Euros, is Mamadou Sakho. The Liverpool centre-back has been a regular for his country in recent years, but is likely to be omitted following a provisional worldwide 30-day ban handed down by Uefa in the aftermath of a failed drugs test that followed the Europa League quarter-final second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund in April.
There will still be plenty of Premier League players named, however, with Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris having captained his country since 2012. Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud will both be included along with Manchester United's Anthony Martial, while Dimitri Payet and N'Golo Kante both impressed with goals against Russia in March. Yohan Cabaye remains in the running, as do Morgan Schneiderlin and Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not be selected following investigations over an alleged blackmail plot aimed at Mathieu Valbuena. He denies any wrongdoing. Valbuena himself may miss out, although former Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa may be considered after a superb comeback season in which he has greatly restored his reputation with 17 goals in 36 appearances for Nice.
France, victorious at the European Championships in both 1984 and 2000, open this year's tournament against Group A rivals Romania at the Stade de France in Paris on 10 June. They later meet Albania in Marseille before welcoming Switzerland to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.