French winger Yoann Huget was reduced to tears at Twickenham on Saturday night after suffering an injury which has ruled him out of the rest of the World Cup.
Huget, who is one of France's most dangerous attacking players, damaged cruciate ligaments in his right knee cap during his side's 32-10 victory over Italy.
Castres’ wing Rémy Grosso has been called up to replace him.
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The injury further reduces France's already limited attacking options and will worry coach Philippe Saint-Andre. His team lacked control and consistency during the first-half against Italy.
Despite being awarded penalty after penalty due to the poor discipline of the Italians, they could only establish a 12-3 lead through the kicking of Freddie Michalak. A late penalty before half time from Scott Spedding, however, extended their lead to 15-3.
Second-half tries from Rabah Slimani and Nicolas Mas were representative of France's dominance, but the team continued to lack fluidity. Despite winning 32-10, they failed to secure an important bonus point and Saint-Andre may reconsider Michalak's place in the team for their next match.
Pool D still in the balance
France’s next fixture comes against Romania on Wednesday whilst Italy must wait until Saturday for their fixture against Canada.
Ireland then play Romania on Sunday and will be hoping to secure another bonus point and ensure that they stay ahead of France in the group.
The winners of Pool D will face the runners-up in Pool C in the Quarter Finals, who at this stage look likely to be Argentina.
If France only manage to secure a runner-up berth in Pool D, however, they will likely face a tough test against the All Blacks in the next round.
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