World Cup qualifiers

Diaby set to sit out Belarus meeting

September 10, 2012
By ESPN staff

Abou Diaby is set to sit out France's World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Tuesday night due to a knock he sustained against Finland.

Abou Diaby celebrates after scoring for France's winner against Finland to keep up the good start to his season
EmpicsAbou Diaby celebrates after scoring for France winner against Finland to keep up the good start to his season

Diaby has struggled for fitness in recent seasons but has this campaign started strongly for his club Arsenal, putting in an impressive display in their 2-0 win over Liverpool.

He carried that form into France's meeting with Finland last Friday as he scored the match's only goal to clinch a 1-0 win in Helsinki.

The midfielder is unlikely, though, to be risked this week versus Belarus, along with left-back Gael Clichy.

Speaking to Eurosport, coach Didier Deschamps said: "I have a problem with Gael Clichy and Abou Diaby who'll both struggle to make the game. He took a knock and has some muscular discomfort. Today, he's not training."