Barcelona’s French centre-back Jéremy Mathieu has been added to the list of internationals set to miss this week’s training sessions as the 30-year-old received a last-minute call-up by Didier Deschamps for the French national team. Mathieu had originally been left out of the squad named to face Spain (September 4) and Serbia (September 7) in international friendlies, given that France have been given a bye to the finals of EURO 2016 being the hosts, but Laurent Koscielny’s injury in Arsenal’s away draw against Leicester City yesterday has meant that Mathieu was called-up as a replacement. The former Valencia man will join his France teammates on Monday.
Spain vs. France, UEFA Euro 2012, Quarterfinals
Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 20:45 CET (Convert to your local time)
Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine (Capacity: 49,400)
Barça players to watch: Victor Valdes, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, and Pedro Rodriguez
The knockout stages have arrived for Spain, with the winner of this quarterfinal set to take on Portugal next Wednesday in the semi-finals.
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After positive results for the blaugrana players who featured for their national teams on Tuesday (with wins for Brazil and Spain’s Olympic team), it’s now the turn of Barça’s players in the Argentina, France, Spain and Chile national teams to face some friendly opposition. Streams to the various matches and a link to chat can be found after the jump.