Landreau ready for rare start
By Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Paris Saint Germain shot-stopper Mickael Landreau has described his 'pleasure' at replacing the injured Gregory Coupet for France's Euro 2008 qualifier against Faroe Islands.
The Lyon star injured his finger during the shock 1-0 defeat to Scotland at the weekend and will now miss the home game against Jogvan Martin Olsen's minnows as a result.
Despite Raymond Domenech's decision to call up Fiorentina's Sebastian Frey, Landreau looks set to get the nod to win his fourth cap for Les Bleus on Wednesday night.
The former Nantes custodian admits he cannot wait to don the number one shirt in Sochaux, but Landreau also expects Coupet to make a swift return.
"It is pure pleasure to be part of the starting line-up," Landreau told the French Federation's website.
"I will prepare myself like I am used to.
"Gregory's injury is not very grave, it is part of the job. He should be back very soon.
"We have talked a little and we are good friends."
France will be desperate to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat at Hampden Park, but Landreau has warned Les Bleus they must be patient in order to break down the Faroe Islands' rearguard resistance.
"We will have the monopoly of ball possession and will have to break their defence." Landreau added.
"Being focused is imperative."