France lose Dusautoir for Autumn Internationals

France captain Thierry Dusautoir will miss the Autumn Internationals as he has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an injured knee.

Dusatoir injured his knee playing in the Heineken Cup for Toulouse and his coach Guy Noves says he will only return in December.

Dusautoir, capped 54 times for France, twisted his knee in a tackle in Toulouse’s 33-21 victory over Treviso on Saturday.

“Thierry suffered a twisted internal lateral ligament with a slight tear,” said Noves. “It’s an injury that necessitates between four and six weeks rest according to his ability to properly recuperate.”

The injury means the flanker will likely play a minor role in Les Bleus’ autumn internationals, which kick off against Australia on November 10, before matches against Argentina and Samoa on the following weekends.

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