Deschamps rues Squillaci blow

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Monaco coach Didier Deschamps has put Sebastien Squillaci's injury down to lethargy as he had played in nearly every game up to his injury.

The defender has been ruled out for around a month and is set to miss the principality side's UEFA Champions League double-header with Lokomotiv Moscow with a muscular problem in his right leg.

Stade Louis II coach Deschamps explained the influential stopper probably picked up the injury against Lille due to tiredness and the fact he had yet to have sustained rest due to the club's domestic and European campaign.

"It is difficult for Sebastien. We will have to succeed without him," said Deschamps.

"It is a bad blow for the team. However, I gave him some rest for the Coupe de France match against Lyon, but the tiredness increased with the accumulation of matches, and so that kind of accident can happen."

Squillaci has a long list of admirers for his shining performances this term and he remained upbeat despite his setback: "I am not destroyed.

"There are worse things in life, I try to remain positive.

"After three full seasons, I can finally get some rest and hang out with my friends.

"It is a shame because it comes at a period where there are beautiful things to play for in Le Championnat and Champions League."

Squillaci's injury has seriously blighted Deschamps' already lightweight squad ahead of their European tussle and the former Chelsea player may be forced to call up youngsters from the reserves with 18-year-old Arnaud Lescure and 20-year-old Jim Albancourt pressing for selection.

In some good news for the club, influential playmaker Ludovic Giuly could be back earlier than expected from a broken foot with the French international in line for a return to first-team training this week if his injury continues to heal as well as it has.