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Ribery Out of World Cup

With Ribery out of the World Cup, how do you figure France’s chances?

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Ribery had been following an individual training programme to overcome a back problem and failed to prove his fitness after rejoining the full squad on Friday. Grenier sat out the session as he underwent scans on a thigh injury, and both players’ worst fears were confirmed by coach Deschamps.

Deschamps said in the press conference screened on the French Football Federation’s official website: “(Ribery) stopped with a strong pain.

“He had tests early in the afternoon which unfortunately confirmed the severity of the situation, that he will be unavailable for several weeks.”

Ribery has been battling this problem all season. He only started 18 Bundesliga matches last season, and he missed France’s warm-up matches versus Norway and Paraguay. He hadn’t played since the May 17th German cup victory over Borussia Dortmund.

A horrible break after being in contention for the highly coveted Ballon d’Or the prior year.

Read More: fifa.com

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