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Diarra doubt for Community Shield

Lassana Diarra
Diarra joined Portsmouth from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee in January

Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra is set to be left out of Sunday's Community Shield curtain-raiser against Manchester United at Wembley.

The French international was granted extra summer leave following Euro 2008, and only played his first pre-season game at Oxford on Tuesday.

Pompey coach Joe Jordan told BBC Radio Solent: "Lassana is a bit behind the rest in terms of general fitness.

"He needs to be ready for a week on Sunday, not necessarily Wembley."

Winger Niko Kranjcar also returned late to pre-season training following his involvement with Croatia at Euro 2008.

see also
Redknapp fears squad lacks depth
28 Jul 08 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth clinch Diarra signing
17 Jan 08 |  Portsmouth

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