France rocked by injuries to Gallas and Vieira

October 12, 2008

Patrick Vieira and William Gallas have withdrawn from the France squad for the friendly against Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday due to injuries, the French football federation (FFF) said on Sunday.

Inter Milan midfielder Vieira picked up a calf injury on Saturday while warming up for the World Cup qualifier in Romania, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Arsenal defender Gallas pulled out of the game against Romania with a thigh injury, and the FFF added that right-back Bakary Sagna was struggling with a knee problem.

Le Mans goalkeeper Yohann Pele has been added to the French squad.