Soccer-Cabaye replaces injured Diaby in France squad

PARIS, March 18 Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:57pm GMT

PARIS, March 18 (Reuters) - Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been called up to the France squad to face Luxembourg in a Euro 2012 qualifier and Croatia in a friendly after Abou Diaby pulled out injured, the French federation (FFF) said on Friday.

Arsenal midfielder Diaby was ruled out of the games because of a muscle injury, the FFF said in a statement.

France travel to Luxembourg on March 25 for a 2012 Euro Group D qualifier before taking on Croatia at the Stade de France four days later.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Olympique Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Cedric Carrasso (Girondins Bordeaux)

Defenders: Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AS Roma), Adil Rami (Lille), Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yohan Cabaye (Lille), Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon), Yann M'Vila (Stade Rennes), Samir Nasri (Arsenal), Florent Malouda (Chelsea)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kevin Gameiro (FC Lorient), Guillaume Hoarau (PSG), Jeremy Menez (Roma), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Loic Remy (Marseille) (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Sonia Oxley; To comment on this story: sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)