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FIFA World Cup update: Injury hinders Ribery from making it to the final French squad

FIFA World Cup update: Injury hinders Ribery from making it to the final French squad

France will have to deal a major plague into their form as star player Franck Ribery is in danger of not flying to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Bayern Munich winger has been suffering a persistent back pain for the most part of the last football season which has also hurt his performance for his German club. With just 18 Bundesliga caps he produced for the title holders, Ribery missed his nation’s 4-0 pre-final victory over Norway at the Stade de France.


Team manager Didier Deschamps hopes that Ribery would be back to his best form shortly before the World Cup commences, citing the Boulogne-sur-Mer native to be a major asset to Les Bleus. He even named him on the bench ahead their friendly against Paraguay in the coming days.


“Backache, it means everything and nothing,” the coach said. “I do not go into the medical field, but we will do everything to get him back in the best conditions.”


In addition to Deschamps and the rest of the squad, a few other compatriots have shown concern over Ribery’s health status and expressed enthusiastic response in the event that he recovers fully in time for the finals.


Former France international Bixente Lizarazu, who is vocal about his admiration of Ribery’s outstanding skills, said; “We’re worried about Franck Ribery because we don’t know what he has. [His injury is] a bit mysterious.”


Ribery’s absence in the main football showpiece, just in case, will add to the growing list of France’s excellent players being ruled out of the World Cup due to varying reasons. In the upcoming event alone, they would largely miss creativity in their form as Samir Nasri has not been selected by Deschamps to be part of the final lineup.


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