Divorce 'reason' for Henry's poor Barca form

19th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 September 2007, MADRID - Thierry Henry has made a poor start at Barcelona because he is "affected" by his recent divorce.

19 September 2007

MADRID - Thierry Henry has made a poor start at Barcelona because he is "affected" by his recent divorce.

This is the view of Villarreal winger Robert Pires, long-time friend and team-mate of Henry at Arsenal and for the French national team.

Pires, 33, told Radio Marca on Wednesday morning that "Henry is effected by the matter of his divorce. This is something heavy which makes a difference in sport."

Pires added that the Barca newcomer is upset "at not being able to see his daughter...This means that we are not seeing the great Henry right now."

The Villarreal veteran also said that "when you change league a period of adaptation is necessary."

Nonetheless, Pires is sure that Henry will soon be back to his brilliant best.

"I know him (Henry) well," he told Radio Marca, "and I don't think he will have problems in shining at Barca."

Barcelona paid Arsenal 24 million euros (33.29 million dollars) for Henry in July, despite his poor fitness record in the past couple of years.

Henry, 30, has still not scored for Barca. On Sunday he turned in another slow, ponderous display in the tedious 0-0 draw away to Osasuna.

Indeed, Henry is only first-choice at the moment because of the injury absence of Samuel Eto'o.

On Wednesday night the Frenchman will be looking to break his duck in the Champions League opener at home to Olympique Lyon. dpa ds bw

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