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Nasri called up to replace injured Ben Arfa

SoccerNews in English Premier League, Ligue 1 18 Aug 2008

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Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on Monday pulled out of France’s friendly against Sweden in Gothenburg midweek because of an adductor problem and has been replaced by Arsenal’s Samir Nasri.

“Physically I’m tired, three matches in a week, it’s not easy with a return like that. As well I hurt my adductors,” said Ben Arfa after helping his side to a 4-0 win over Auxerre in French league action on Sunday.

Nasri, 21, gave Arsenal a winning start to the Premier League campaign Sunday as his debut goal clinched a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

France squad

Goalkeepers: Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Hugo Lloris (Lyon)

Defenders: Jean-Alain Boumsong (Lyon), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal/ENG), William Gallas (Arsenal/ENG), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), Rod Fanni (Rennes), Philippe Mexes (AS Rome/ITA), Gael Clichy (Arsenal/ENG)

Midfielder: Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan/ITA), Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth/ENG), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Samir Nasri (Arsenal/ENG), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Sidney Govou (Lyon)

Strikers: Thierry Henry (Barcelone/ESP), Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea/ENG), Karim Benzema (Lyon)

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