Marseille playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa has withdrawn from the France squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifiers against Austria on 6 September and Serbia four days later.

Ben Arfa missed his club's weekend win over Sochaux after suffering a groin strain, and briefly appeared at the national team headquarters in Clairefontaine, outside Paris, before returning to his club for treatment.

It was not immediately clear if coach Raymond Domenech would call up a replacement.