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Oct 30, 2012

M'Vila and Mavinga back in the first team

Yann M'Vila and Chris Mavinga returned to training with Rennes on Monday after completing a ten-day club suspension.

Both players were punished for breaking a curfew just days before the second leg of France Under-21s' Euro 2013 play-off in Norway, which they lost 5-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate. They went to a Paris nightclub with three Rennes team-mates without permission.

Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti suspended the pair on October 19 after a discussion with the club's president Frédéric de Saint-Sernin, and the sporting director, Pierre Dreossi. They were banished to the reserves while serving the suspension but M'Vila is in the 18-man squad for the League Cup tie against Arles-Avignon on Tuesday night. Chris Mavinga will not play in the match.

The players also face action from the French Football Federation, which will hear the case on November 8.

"My decision [to suspend the players] has nothing to do with the Federation. We did what we needed to do even if it was difficult for us," Antonetti said in a press conference.

"We did it for the club, but also for the players. Was it good or not? We did what we thought was good for the club. We had problems to solve. Did we? I don't know, the future will tell. We talked enough about that, now it's done."

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