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   02 June, 2002 | 1330 IST



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Doc: Zidane's condition is improving

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France playmaker Zinedine Zidane is recovering well from a thigh injury as he faces a race to be fit for their second match following their shock opening day defeat by Senegal, the team doctor said on Sunday.

"The injury is evolving favourably. Zidane resumed jogging on Saturday," the world champions' doctor Jean-Marcel Ferret said in statement.

Zidane has been swimming and using an exercise bike to strengthen his leg, Ferret added.

"The treatment and the work will become more intense (in the coming days.) The situation is reviewed every day by the medical staff and the technical staff."

France coach Roger Lemerre had hinted on Saturday that the inspirational midfielder may not be fit in time to face Uruguay in the second match in Pusan on Thursday.

Zidane, who scored twice in the 1998 World Cup final, tore his left thigh muscle during a warm-up friendly against South Korea last week and missed the 1-0 defeat in Seoul on Friday.

France, who need to win both their remaining games to be sure of qualifying for the second round, trail in group A after Denmark beat Uruguay 2-1 on Saturday.

Since the beginning of this year, France have not won when they have played without Zidane.

His replacement against Senegal, Youri Djorkaeff, failed to shine and Johan Micoud may now take Zidane's place if he is not fit.

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