Euro 2012: No France concern over Nasri, Ribery injuries

Updated: 21 June 2012 23:21 IST

Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery should both be fit to face Spain in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals despite missing training on Wednesday, according to France assistant coach Alain Boghossian.

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Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery should both be fit to face Spain in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals despite missing training on Wednesday, according to France assistant coach Alain Boghossian.

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The two attacking midfielders sat out Wednesday's training session at France's Kircha training base south-west of Donetsk, Nasri with a knee injury and Ribery after apparently sustaining a blister on his left foot.

"They're doing very well," Boghossian told journalists on Thursday.

"The day after a match, there's fatigue and it's always difficult. They missed training yesterday to look after some little niggles. Everyone will definitely be able to participate this afternoon."

Boghossian, a member of France's 1998 World Cup-winning squad, also played down reports of friction in the French camp following Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Sweden in Kiev.

French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported on Wednesday that coach Laurent Blanc clashed with Hatem Ben Arfa and that Alou Diarra was also involved in an angry exchange of words with Samir Nasri.

But Boghossian was quick to dismiss comparisons with France's ill-fated 2010 World Cup campaign, when Nicolas Anelka was sent home following a row with coach Raymond Domenech and the players refused to train in protest.

"It's not comparable at all," he said.

"There were words spoken but it was the normal exchanges you get in a changing room. It would have been worse if there had been nothing.

"We said things to each other, but just like a couple. We've qualified (for the quarter-finals), so we can bounce back."

France meet reigning world and European champions Spain in Kiev on Saturday.

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