Juventus striker David Trezeguet is set to miss France’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers because of a lingering shoulder injury.
“I’m afraid it’s over for both games, unfortunately,” said Trezeguet, who came off at half-time during Juventus’ 1-0 Serie A victory at Udinese on Sunday.
Trezeguet said he had dislocated his left shoulder six times in recent months and was considering surgery.
“It’s a real jinx, honestly, especially as I had had a good start to the season.”
“I was feeling well and I got injured again at the very moment when I was making it back to the French squad,” he told sports daily l’Equipe.
“I really wanted to play for France and bring something to the team. On the other hand, it’ll give me two weeks to receive treatment and make the right decision.”
Juventus coach Fabio Capello added: “The shoulder keeps coming out. At this point, he needs to decide whether to have an operation or not.
“With an op he would be out for four months but it is his decision.”
France face Ireland on Saturday before travelling to Cyprus four days later.