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Latest update : 2008-03-25

French striker Thierry Henry will not play against England in a friendly because of an injury. He joins a long list of casualties for the French team, including Patrick Vieira and Lyon's young star, Karim Benzema.

France will be depleted by injuries when they face England in a friendly on Wednesday after striker Thierry Henry and captain Patrick Vieira added their names to a long casualty list on Monday.

Henry pulled out of the game at the Stade de France because of an unspecified injury, a French team spokesman said.

Inter Milan midfielder Vieira, who is hampered by a sore thigh muscle, said he would not play.

"I'm feeling better but not enough to play on Wednesday," Vieira told reporters at France's training camp outside Paris "It's very frustrating."

France coach Raymond Domenech, who last week named a 39-man squad both for the England match and a game between France's B side and Mali on Tuesday in Paris, has seen many of them pull out since.

"It's a nuisance to have so many players injured but it's better to have the problem now than just before Euro 2008," said Vieira.

Karim Benzema withdrew on Sunday after hurting his left ankle in Olympique Lyon's 4-2 Ligue 1 win over Paris St Germain.

David Trezeguet replaced him in the squad and is expected to start against England alongside Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka.

"I've played many times with David and it worked well," Anelka told reporters. "He's an excellent striker. If we were to be paired, that would suit me."

Uncapped Racing Lens forward Loic Remy, 21, replaces Henry in the squad but is unlikely to start against England.

Marseille forward Mathieu Valbuena and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna are also unavailable for selection because of injury worries.

Date created : 2008-03-24

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