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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
Diop explains decision on Senegal
Portsmouth and Senegal's Papa Bouba Diop
Diop missed Senegal's friendly against Guinea
Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has explained that the need to rest a damaged hamstring was the reason why he put his club before his country.

The 29-year-old opted out of Senegal's 3-1 win over Guinea in an international friendly on Sunday as well as a training camp with the national team.

"I'm just too tired," he told Portsmouth's official club website.

"It is only a small injury and I should be fine for the next game against Wigan on Saturday."

Diop had to come off early with a tight hamstring during Portsmouth's 2-0 win over his old club Fulham at Craven Cottage on 7 October.

He added: "I thought it was good for me, and good for the team, to have some time off rather than go away with the national side.

"I want to be able to give my best for Portsmouth and sometimes you need a rest to be able to do that."

Meanwhile, Nigerian striker Kanu has been suffering with a knee injury that has kept him out of Portsmouth's last three games.

He went for specialist treatment in France last week and is reported to be making progress - but the game against Wigan appears to be coming too early for him.



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