Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has pulled out of the France squad for their upcoming internationals – just hours after being enlisted as cover by the World Cup winners.
The 27-year-old was left-out of Didier Deschamps’ plans when the 23-man party to face Netherland and Uruguay was unveiled last Thursday.
But the withdrawal of Manchester United pair Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial saw Lacazette called-up alongside Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.
Just two hours later, though, France have confirmed that the Gunners marksman will not answer the call of his country following discussions between his country and club’s medical officials.
“This decision was taken after an exchange between Dr. Franck Le Gall and his counterparts at Arsenal,” a statement on Twitter read on Monday.
Alassane Plea, the Borussia Monchengladbach forward who has scored eight goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances this season including a hat-trick during the weekend win over Werder Bremen, has been selected for his maiden international call-up as a result.