France skipper Thierry Dusautoir has been left out of a 25-man squad for Saturday's match against England at Twickenham due to injury.
Dusautoir sustained the injury during a training session earlier in the week but is expected to recover in time for the return match between these sides in Paris a week later.
Other noteable absentees from the squad are Toulon half-backs Frederic Michalak and Sebastien Tillous-Borde although Bleus coach Philippe Saint-Andrè said the duo were in the running to make his final 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.
The global showpiece starts on September 18 and France's opening match is against Italy at Twickenham on September 19.
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