Seoul: With David Beckham being a doubtful starter and Fillipo Inzaghi also injured, the latest to join that list is Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. The midfielder who was the star of his team's win in the 1998 World Cup is almost certain to miss the first two games of the event after injuring himself in a friendly yesterday. Zizou has been billed as one of the biggest stars of the 2002 World Cup but now in a huge blow for the defending champions, he has been ruled out for the first two games against Senegal and Uruguay. Zidane injured his thigh in France's 3-2 win against South Korea on Sunday and asked to be replaced half way through the game. His teammates weren't forthcoming about the extent of the injury. "Zidane was back and we were happy. He started the game quite well. He stopped, I don't know, after half an hour - he stopped the game. No more information," said French captain Marcel Desailly and added, "If you want to have more information ask the doctor or the coach or somebody else. I will not speak about Zidane at all." Playing without Zidane will be a huge blow for France. Ten days ago he missed his team's friendly against Belgium because of the birth of his third child. France went on to lose that game 2-1.
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