Frank Ribery ruled out of World Cup

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France have announced that
Bayern Munich winger
Franck Ribery will not
feature at this year’s World
Cup in Brazil.
The 31-year-old attacker has been struggling with a
back problem in recent weeks, and Didier
Deschamps, the head coach of Les Bleus, confirmed
during a press conference on Friday afternoon that
the Ballon d’Or nominee’s situation has worsened.
“This morning Ribery stopped during a run. Now, he
cannot train,” Deschamps explained. “Tests have
confirmed a worsening of the situation. He cannot
play.
“We must stay ambitious, but of course we would
have been stronger with Ribery at 100%.”
Ribery’s injury was the second blow that France
suffered on Friday, as Clement Grenier aggravated a
thigh problem, which had plagued him in the latter
part of the season, leading to the Olympique
Lyonnais playmaker also withdrawing from the
squad.
Deschamps revealed that he has already called up
two replacements in the form of Montpellier’s Remy
Cabella and Southampton’s uncapped Morgan
Schneiderlin.
The loss of Ribery, however, will be seen as a
significant blow to France’s hopes of World Cup
success, as the 2006 runner-up was their most
experienced player available with 81 appearances.
Antoine Griezmann of Real Sociedad is widely
expected to take the Bayern star’s place in
Deschamps’ starting XI.

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