had knee problem in Montpellier, it seems that he's OK to play but not sure + arrived later than the other players and may have problems with the jetlag.
that's why Forget said maybe Benneteau or Llodra will play against Raonic.
By the way, French captain said that the surface is not as fast as they thought. It's "intermediate" in his opinion.
Personally, I think that Benneteau should play on Friday. He, and France, have a mental edge over Raonic, after that Paris indoors win last November, and it would be a good opportunity for France to claim a big 2-0 lead going into Saturday.
No question that Monfils CAN beat Raonic but, with all the injury problems and mental lapses, it is a greater risk imo. Benneteau's nerves can be a real problem at times, but otherwise he is a very steady player with good net skills, and a tougher match-up for Raonic imo.
But I suppose the risk is that Benneteau could be tired for the doubles, and France really should be aiming to win that match (even if 2-0 ahead after Friday).