France’s Ribéry out of the World Cup
The hopes of the French national side in the World Cup took a massive blow as it has been revealed that Franck Ribéry will miss the tournament.
June 6th, 2014
The Bayern Munich winger re-injured his back in training with the national squad as it makes its final preparations for the World Cup at their Clairefontaine base, just southwest of Paris. He’s struggled to put in the match minutes since appearing in Bayern’s domestic cup triumph on 17th May and did not appear in either of France’s World Cup warm-up matches.
French national coach Didier Deschamps broke the news at a conference this afternoon that Ribéry had bowed out of a morning training session, and that a scan revealed the full extent of the damage.
“He had to stop in training…he is not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone play a game,” lamented Deschamps. “We know what Franck is capable of. With Franck Ribery at 100%, we are better. But we have to be ambitious and we will continue to be.”
Fellow midfielder Clément Grenier will also miss the tournament, with a hip injury that he also suffered during training. Deschamps has called up Morgan Schneiderlin and Remy Cabella from the reserves list in their place; he sees these two players as the ones most in the mould of the men they’ll replace.
Ribéry came third in the polls for the Ballon d’Or last year behind Ronaldo and Messi; he’ll be hugely missed by a France side that has experienced some turbulent tournaments in the past few years.
A mutiny at the 2010 World Cup followed the side’s underachievement of failing to qualify for the knockout stages – 23 players including Ribéry were banned from playing in their first match following the tournament, and Ribéry himself missed a further two as one of the five players held most responsible. The games at Brazil would have been his third World Cup but sadly we’ll have to do without his tough-tackling contributions this year.