Euro 2008 in brief: Henry and Ribéry forced to cut short first training session

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Thierry Henry and Franck Ribéry pulled out of France's first training session at their Euro 2008 Swiss base after half an hour on yesterday. Ribéry, who was seen holding his right ankle, received a knock in France's 1-0 win over Colombia in their final warm-up on Tuesday in Paris, a team spokesman said. Henry left the training session to undergo treatment, the spokesman said without elaborating. France captain Patrick Vieira, who will miss his side's opening Group C game against Romania on Monday in Zurich, was back in training for the first time since sustaining a left thigh injury last Friday in training and is more hopeful of keeping his place in the squad.

Barnetta ready to face Czechs

Switzerland midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta has declared himself fit for tomorrow's Euro 2008 opener against the Czech Republic after returning to full training with the squad. Barnetta, 23, sprained his ankle after a collision with team-mate Gelson Fernandes two weeks ago but said yesterday he was ready to play. The Czech defender Zdenek Pospech is ruled out.

Aragones wants Spanish rhythm

Luis Aragones' Spain team were the last to arrive yesterday, off the back of Wednesday's disappointing 1-0 win over the United States. "If we play at the rhythm we did in the first half it will be very difficult for us," the coach said.