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Uncapped Asseyi takes injured Tonazzi's place

Published: Wednesday 19 June 2013, 20.08CET
Uncapped Montpellier Hérault SC forward Viviane Asseyi has been drafted into the France squad for next month's finals to replace Laëtitia Tonazzi, who has not recovered from a calf injury.
Uncapped Asseyi takes injured Tonazzi's place
Viviane Asseyi (left) has represented France at youth level ©Adrie van Huizen
 

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Published: Wednesday 19 June 2013, 20.08CET

Uncapped Asseyi takes injured Tonazzi's place

Uncapped Montpellier Hérault SC forward Viviane Asseyi has been drafted into the France squad for next month's finals to replace Laëtitia Tonazzi, who has not recovered from a calf injury.

Laëtitia Tonazzi has withdrawn from France's UEFA Women's EURO 2013 squad because of a calf problem and been replaced by uncapped Viviane Asseyi.

The 32-year-old Olympique Lyonnais striker sustained the injury, which caused her to miss the UEFA Women's Champions League final, in a domestic game on 5 May, but was included in Bruno Bini's selection for next month's finals in Sweden subject to medical advice. Bini said: "For her to resume playing has been deemed too risky. We're sorry for her."

Montpellier Hérault SC's Asseyi has joined Les Bleues' training camp in Clairefontaine. The 19-year-old scored eight goals in 18 league appearances last season.

In a further blow to Bini, Tonazzi's club-mate Amandine Henry is doubtful for the tournament. The attacking midfielder will be assessed on Friday to determine whether she has overcome the thigh injury received in Lyon's 4-0 defeat of Montpellier earlier this month in the French Cup semi-finals. SC Freiburg's Marina Makanza has been called up as cover.

Last updated: 19/06/13 21.08CET

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