Henry move stuns media

MADRID - The Catalan media are surprised at Thierry Henry staying on with the French national team instead of returning to Barcelona.

MADRID - The Catalan media are surprised at Thierry Henry staying on with the French national team instead of returning to Barcelona.

Henry is suspended for today's European Championship qualifying match against Scotland, after picking up another yellow card in Saturday's goalless draw away to Italy.

He was expected to return to Barcelona on Monday, but decided to stay on at the French training camp.

Television channel TV3 and newspaper Sport expressed their surprise yesterday at Henry's decision, especially given that Barca were playing the Catalan cup final last night against second division side Gimnastic Tarragona.

When asked on Monday evening when Henry was going to return, Barca coach Frank Rijkaard looked perplexed and was unable to answer.

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