France coach Didier Deschamps on Friday revealed that Franck Ribery would miss the World Cup as the Bayern Munich winger, who finished third at the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards earlier this year, has been unable to shake off a persistent back problem.
“This morning before the collective training session … [Ribery] had to stop, the pain was too strong,” Deschamps told a news conference. “We have made checks in the beginning of the afternoon, checks that confirmed the situation has aggravated and he is not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone play a game. We know what Franck is capable of. With Franck Ribery at 100 percent, we are better. But we have to be ambitious and we will continue to be.”
Meanwhile, Deschamps also revealed that Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has also been ruled out of the tournament. Ribery and Grenier will be replaced by Montepellier’s Remy Cabella and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin. Deschamps has already had to make one change to his original squad, replacing injured back-up goalkeeper Steve Mandanda of Marseille with St. Etienne’s Stephane Ruffier.