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Wesley Fofana out of 6 Nations with Achilles Tendon injury

PARIS (AP) France's Six Nations hopes have been dealt a blow with center Wesley Fofana ruled out of the tournament after rupturing his Achilles tendon on Saturday.

The quick and burly Fofana, who has 44 test caps for France and scored 14 tries, is a key player in midfield for coach Guy Noves. He sustained the injury on his own late in the first half while playing for club side Clermont in a Champions Cup match against English team Exeter.

Clermont said in a statement on its website that the 29-year-old Fofana needs an operation on his left leg "that will keep him out for a long time," adding that "he is out of the Six Nations."