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Latest update : 2008-06-09

Though he is yet to shake of his left thigh injury, captain Patrick Vieira will remain in France's Euro 2008 squad, the team's medical staff announced on Monday. Lyon's Jeremy Toulalan is expected to step in for the opening game against Romania.

ZURICH - Captain Patrick Vieira will stay in France's Euro 2008 squad despite a thigh injury which will keep him out of their opening game on Monday, a team spokesman said.

 

The left thigh muscle injury sustained by Vieira in training last week has ruled him out of France's first Group C game against Romania later in Zurich.

 

The 31-year-old midfielder resumed training on Thursday and could be fit for France's next pool games against the Netherlands on June 13 and Italy on June 17.

 

According to tournament regulations, squad changes for injured players must be made before the team's first match.

 

Jeremy Toulalan is expected to replace Vieira for the game against Romania with defender Lilian Thuram taking over the captain's armband.

 

Coach Raymond Domenech's decision to keep Vieira means Mathieu Flamini, who was called up in case Vieira had to pull out, will go home.

Date created : 2008-06-09

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