Arsenal lose injured Henry for rest of season

Saturday, March 10, 2007

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - Captain Thierry Henry will not play for Arsenal for the rest of this season due to injuries, the Premier League club said on Friday
The France striker, who damaged stomach and groin muscles in his team's Champions League exit to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, should be ready for next season, Arsenal said."Thierry Henry will be out for a minimum of three months," manager Arsene Wenger told their Web site (www.arsenal.com)."Unfortunately, this means he will now miss the rest of this season both domestically and internationally, but we are confident that he will be ready for the start of next season.

"Henry has been dogged by a lack of fitness since returning from the World Cup in Germany, notably with a long-standing sciatic nerve problem, along with hamstring and foot injuries.Henry, who has also been the Premier League's top scorer for four of the last five seasons, leaves a side who are fourth in the table and look comfortably on course for that objective.

Henry's absence will also be a blow for France's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. France are second in Group B, trailing leaders Scotland on goal difference and two points ahead of the side who beat them in the World Cup final, Italy. Ukraine are three points behind the French but have a game in hand, with the top two going through to the finals in Austria and Switzerland

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