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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
But they could be forced to do without a pair of props for the repeat of last season's final after Benoit Lecouls and Daan Human were struck by injury.
Lecouls faces possible surgery on an ongoing neck problem that rules him out for the remainder of the season.
The 33-year-old ERC Elite Award winner has played 54 Heineken Cup games for both Toulouse and Biarritz, as well as appearing in the Amlin Challenge Cup with Agen back in the 2000/01 season.
The French international featured in eight of Toulouse's nine matches on their way to continental glory last term, starting seven of those fixtures, including the quarter-final, semi-final and final.
However, Lecouls hasn't appeared in the Heineken Cup this time around and his absence is not unexpected.
Human's possible unavailability could be felt more keenly after the South African picked up a knock during last weekend's clash with Racing Metro.
The 34-year-old Springbok, who signed a new deal with the club earlier this month, will definitely miss the Top 14 match with Perpignan this weekend and remains a doubt for the European encounter against Biarritz.
Human has featured in all six Heineken Cup games this season and Toulouse will no doubt be hopeful he is fit to make it seven in row in a week's time.