France were dealt a blow ahead of today's crucial 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier with Serbia when Samir Nasri was ruled out with a nagging knee injury.

Nasri reported pain in his right knee after training on Tuesday evening, and the French team management took the decision to leave the Arsenal player out of the squad.

Les Bleus lost their opening South Africa 2010 qualifier, going down 3-1 to Austria on Saturday.