Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Flamini added to squad after Vieira injury

CLAIREFONTAINE, France, June 2 (Reuters) - France captain Patrick Vieira will miss France's first match at Euro 2008 because of an injury, coach Raymond Domenech told reporters on Monday.

Midfielder Vieira, who hurt his left ankle in training on Friday, will not play the Group C game against Romania on June 9 in Zurich, Domenech said.

A decision on whether he remains in the tournament would be taken on Sunday, the coach added.

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini was called up to the French squad earlier on Monday following concerns over Vieira's fitness.

'He (Vieira) is doubtful and that's why we called back Mathieu (Flamini) and will make a decision on June 8,' said Domenech.

France have until Sunday, one day before their Group C opener against Romania, to make changes to their squad in case of an injury.

Flamini, who is set to join AC Milan from Arsenal on July 1, had been included in a provisional 30-man squad but had been left out of the final 23-man squad last week.

Vieira has not played in his side's last two warm-up games, against Ecuador and Paraguay.

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