France's scrum-half Frédéric Michalak (left) is out for the season and will be replaced by Dimitri Yashvili (right), just back from injury himself. It is uncertain if Mathieu Bastareaud, also injured, will play in Sunday's game aginst Italy.
Toulouse scrum-half Frédéric Michalak has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury. He will be replaced by Biarritz's Dimitri Yachvili, just back this weekend from a nine-month break from injury, a decision that Biarritz manager Laurent Rodriguez - fearing for his player - has openly criticised in French daily l'Equipe.
Another blow has come from France centre Mathieu Bastareaud. The Stade Francais star was undergoing tests on Monday on a calf injury that threatens his chances of taking part in this weekend's Six Nations tie against Italy at the Stade de France.
Bastareaud, who featured in France's first three matches of this Six Nations' tournament, injured himself in a gym session at the team's training centre on Sunday.
France are the only team in the running for the Grand Slam. They will play Italy on March 14 and England on March 20.
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