France defender William Gallas is a minor doubt for their second FIFA World Cup™ Group A game after missing training with a muscular problem.

The Arsenal player sat out yesterday's session and was being assessed before training today ahead of Thursday's clash with Mexico.

Gallas was partnered at the back by Barcelona's Eric Abidal, a left-back by nature who can play centrally, in the disappointing 0-0 draw with Uruguay in Cape Town on Friday.

Gallas - who was reportedly angered to be overlooked for the captaincy, which went to Patrice Evra - is thought to have only experienced slight muscle discomfort and was rested in training as a precaution.

France coach Raymond Domenech is reportedly set to restore Florent Malouda to his starting line-up having left him on the bench against Uruguay.