It has been confirmed today that French winger Franck Ribery will miss this summer’s World Cup due to injury.
The 31 year old has been struggling to regain fitness for several weeks with a back strain.
Ribery, who was one of the stars of a Bayern Munich side which dominated the Bundesliga this season, was showing positive signs of recovery but a set back in training on Friday morning has ruled him out of the tournament.
France Coach Didier Deschamps has also announced that, along with Ribery, Lyon’s Clement Grenier will miss the tournament with a hip injury leading to Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Montpellier’s Remey Cabella being called upon as replacements.
The left footed midfielder scored five goals for France in the World Cup qualifying stages and was voted third best player in the world at FIFA’s 2013 Ballon d’Or awards.
France start their World Cup campaign on June 15th against Honduras before facing Ecuador and Switzerland.