PARIS (AP) – France coach Laurent Blanc says the team will be without injured striker Karim Benzema for its last two European Championship qualifiers against Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina this month.
Blanc says he'd hoped France's top scorer would be over the abductor muscle problem he picked up in a match last week before the Bosnia-Herzegovina match ''but the nature of the injury is such that we can't get him back.''
Top of Group D, France has a one-point lead over Bosnia. It will host Albania on Oct. 7 and Bosnia on Oct. 11.
France needs four points from the matches to win the group and qualify for Euro 2012.