Gallas sits out Slovakia clash

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Chelsea star William Gallas will take no part in France's friendly with Slovakia after failing to recover from a thigh injury.

The versatile defender was a key absentee for The Blues as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League and has now been on the sidelines for three weeks with the problem.

Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech had been hoping to field Gallas in the World Cup warm-up on Wednesday, but the 28-year-old has now been sent back to London to continue his recuperation.

A team spokesman confirmed the absence of Gallas - who has been replaced in the squad by Nantes midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.

"William Gallas is out for the match," the spokesman said.

"He took medical tests today and he is not physically ready to play on Wednesday. He is to leave us and return to London tonight."

Meanwhile, Manchester United striker Louis Saha has spoken of his delight at earning a recall to the international reckoning.

The former Fulham man has enjoyed a tremendous week after starting ahead of Ruud van Nistelrooy in the Carling Cup final, as well as scoring in the 4-0 victory, and is hoping he can secure a World Cup place after winning his first call-up for a year.

"I am very happy to come back into the France team, playing for Manchester United helped me to be here today because you have to be playing regularly if you want to be in the French team," said Saha.

"When you see the list of players here, you are proud to be with Les Bleus.

"I am very relaxed, even when I know Nicolas Anelka and Djibril Cisse are also in with a chance of a place in the team.

"It is just a great pleasure to be back."