Eric Abidal back in France squad after liver transplant

Samir Nasri could play for France for the first time since Euro 2012. He was banned for three games for an expletive-laced tirade following the 2-0 loss to Spain.

updated: August 08, 2013 18:48 IST
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Paris: Eric Abidal and Samir Nasri were both recalled to the France team for the first time in over a year on Thursday as coach Didier Deschamps named a 23-man squad for a friendly match against Belgium in Brussels next week.

Abidal, 33, joined Monaco in July after Barcelona opted not to renew his contract and won the last of his 61 caps for Les Bleus in February 2012 before undergoing a liver transplant that sidelined him for just under 12 months.

"He joined Monaco and he got through the pre-season quite well. I followed the warm-up matches, where he was very much at ease. He has international experience, he's been through several competitions," said Deschamps, explaining his decision to recall the defender.

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