I will be ready for the World Cup, says France`s Gallas

Paris: William Gallas will recover from a calf injury in time for next month`s World Cup, the France defender said on Tuesday.

The Arsenal centre half picked up the injury in the Champions League quarter-final first leg game against Barcelona in March and coach Arsene Wenger said at the time that Gallas`s season with the club was over.

"I will be ready for France," Gallas told a French daily.

"Had it not been possible (to recover on time), I would have pulled out. Right now, I feel good and ready for France."

France were drawn with hosts South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay in Group A for the June 11-July 11 World Cup.

France coach Raymond Domenech is set to unveil his 23-man squad for the World Cup next week.

Bureau Report