France's battle to finish top of their 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying group suffered a further blow on Sunday 6 September after coach Raymond Domenech revealed that both playmaker Franck Ribery and defender Julien Escude had received knocks during the previous day's 1-1 home draw with Romania.
Domenech, who was jeered by fans at the start of the match, is preparing for Les Bleus' potentially decisive clash away against Group 7 leaders Serbia on Wednesday. France are four points behind the Serbians with three games remaining and need a win to maintain their hopes of avoiding a qualifying play-off.
"We don't know whether they will be able to play on Wednesday," said Domenech. "We shall see, we generally wait until a day or two after a match to make an overall analysis."
Ribery, believed to have a calf injury, has had an injury-plagued close season and has barely played for Bayern Munich thus far this campaign. Indeed, this ring-rustiness was clear after he came on in the 57th minute against Romania and failed to make an impression.
Escude, for his part, put through his own net against the Romanians and will be desperate for an opportunity to redeem himself in Wednesday's crunch game in Belgrade.