Thigh injury Nasi rules out of France squad

August 19, 2008

Samir Nasri has been ruled out of France's friendly with Sweden on Wednesday because of a thigh strain.

The Arsenal midfielder was called into Les Bleus' squad on Monday following the withdrawal of winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who injured his adductors at the weekend.

But Nasri will not board Tuesday's flight to Gothenburg, the French Football Federation confirmed on their website.

The former Marseille playmaker has been struggling with a thigh injury for the past couple of weeks, although he was able to start for the Gunners in their Premier League curtain-raiser against West Brom on Saturday.

Nasri, making his debut for the north London club, scored the only goal of that game.

France have confirmed they will not be calling up another player to replace Nasri, so they will travel to Sweden with a 19-man squad.

Striker Thierry Henry has been named as France captain for Wednesday's friendly.

'He has all the attributes and qualities needed,' Domenech told reporters although he declined to say if Barcelona's Henry would keep the armband when Vieira returns from injury.

'He's captain of the French team as long as Pat isn't there,' he said. 'We've seen various people have had (injury) problems over recent seasons. I'm not committing to anything.'

Henry has been captain before, notably at Euro 2008 when Vieira was injured, and the striker said he was keen to contribute to the team's revival after a disappointing campaign.

'I still want to give something. It's my duty,' Henry said. 'There's a new generation but there always has to be someone to show the way.

'I've got quite a lot of top level experience, I know the new generation that's coming through quite well, I've always felt quite young,' he added.