France sweat over Abidal fitness
France defender Eric Abidal is carrying a "worrying" thigh injury that could force him out of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Albania, according to Les Bleus' doctor Fabrice Bryand.
Abidal, 32, had a scan on Monday after suffering the problem during Barcelona's 1-0 victory over Sporting Gijon on Sunday and looks unlikely to feature against Albania, though he may be fit to return for France's final Group D clash with Bosnia next Tuesday.
"[Abidal's injury] is posing a major problem," Dr Bryand said. "We cannot take any risks, it is a worrying injury."
France will assess the injury again on Friday, though Barcelona have warned Les Bleus' coach Laurent Blanc not to risk Abidal.
"His injury is ordinary - just a strain, a stoppage of seven to 10 days - but the French federation, considering it not to be serious, have decided that he will travel with the team," Barca doctor Ricard Pruna told reporters.
France are already without Franck Ribery (calf), Blaise Matuidi (left thigh), Karim Benzema (groin) and Kevin Gameiro (knee), while Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is a long-term absentee having broken his leg last weekend.