Jurietti aims for French call
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Franck Jurietti is determined to mark his return to action by playing at the World Cup.
Franck Jurietti is determined to mark his return to action by forcing his way into France's World Cup squad.
The experienced defender has recently recovered from a groin injury which required surgery back in February.
With the Bordeaux stopper now raring to play, Jurietti is aiming to prove his fitness to France coach Raymond Domenech.
Jurietti's sole international cap came in the final World Cup qualifier against Cyprus last October and he feels he can secure a spot in Domenech's chosen 23.
"Of course I think about the World Cup, but regarding my situation, I stay lucid," Jurietti told Sud Ouest.
"Two months without playing haven't erased my qualities and my envy.
"I want to be in good form for the holidays and the holidays are the World Cup."
The 31-year-old admits it has been frustrating watching Bordeaux's push for the UEFA Champions League from the sidelines and he is now keen to do his bit to help the club qualify for Europe's most prestigious competition.
He added: "I haven't played for months, it has been very long.
"When everything is alright for Bordeaux, it is not a problem not to be on the pitch.
"But when they are in difficulties, like at Paris and Lille, you want to help the squad.
"I think I am at 90 percent of my potential.
"I could have played one or two weeks ago, but we decided not to take any risks.
"Playing all the match next weekend against Le Mans would be good for my rhythm and confidence."