7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Rémy Martin is ruled out for five weeks, while Dimitri Szarzewski may be out for a little longer.
Flanker Martin has strained ligaments in his left thumb, while combative front row Szarzewski is struggling after he took a heavy knock to his left knee.
The two French internationals will miss the back-to-back games against Sale Sharks, on 10 December at Parc des Princes, with the return fixture arriving a week later at Edgeley Park.
The French league-leaders currently sit top of Pool three on nine points, but they know the forthcoming clashes with second-placed Sale are likely to decide qualification from the group.