Franck Ribery, who missed Bayern Munich's Bundesliga opener last weekend due to injury, could make an appearance for France in their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Wednesday.
France coach Raymond Domenech said on the eve of the Group 7 fixture that he was prepared to deploy the playmaker in some capacity even though Bayern coach Louis Van Gaal initially only allowed Ribery to make the trip on the condition that he was not called up to play.
"Franck is ready to play part of the game," Domenech insisted. "I had Van Gaal on the phone and we are in agreement that we have to return him (Ribery) in the best condition.
"He could play, if needed, for 15 to 20 minutes, so that he'll be ready for Bayern's match on Saturday, that's part of our agreement, but we won't necessarily ask him to play unless there's a problem."
Van Gaal had stated last Friday that Ribery would not be playing against the Faroe Islands, insisting that he was only allowing him to join up with the national squad 'for a change of scenery'.
Switching to Thierry Henry Domenech said he had been aware for some time that the Barcelona striker may not be fit enough to join them for this trip to the island.
Henry was ruled out on Monday with Barcelona revealing he was suffering from an Achilles problem.
"We've known for a few weeks that he wasn't right but was continuing to play. After talking to him we thought it wasn't worth him coming to us to have his injury checked. It's best that he rests, we'll need him in September and October. I have confidence in 'Titi', the France team is his permanent dream."
In Henry and regular captain Patrick Vieira's absence, the skipper's armband will be worn by Arsenal's William Gallas.