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Soccer-Yanga-Mbiwa replaces Varane in France squad

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PARIS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - France coach Didier Deschamps has called up Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa after a thigh injury ruled Raphael Varane out of Wednesday's friendly against Germany, the French Federation said on Sunday.

The uncapped 19-year-old Varane picked up a muscle injury during Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat at Granada in la Liga on Saturday.

"Real Madrid and France doctors agreed that the player was not fit enough to play in the coming days," a statement read.

The 23-year-old Yanga-Mbiwa, who joined Newcastle from Montpellier during the transfer window, has three international caps. (Reporting by Gregory Blachier, editing by Ed Osmond)

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