Viera sidelined for crunch crash

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France will go into their crunch Group C showdown against arch-rivals Italy without captain Patrick Vieira after the Internazionale midfielder revealed he was still troubled by his nagging thigh injury.

Vieira had been hoping to take part in at least one of Les Bleus´ pool matches at Euro 2008 despite tearing his left thigh in training on May 30.

But he missed France´s opening two games - the goalless draw to Romania and the 4-1 defeat to Holland - and will now be absent when his team take on the Italians in a match they probably need to win to stand a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

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