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France’s Ribery struggling with injury ahead of World Cup

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By Stephen Donovan

Monday 02 June 2014

France may be forced to leave winger Franck Ribery out of their 23-man World Cup squad as he suffers from a back injury, the Metro has reported.

Franck Ribery

The Bayern Munich star has been struggling with the injury for some weeks, and it has led to L’Equipe to claim that he may not be fit enough to go to the World Cup, with the final squad needing to be confirmed to FIFA by France boss Didier Deschamps on Monday evening.

Ribery was named as a substitute for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in France’s first World Cup warm-up match. Deschamps remains hopeful that he can feature in their next match against Valencia, but coach Bixente Lizarazu admits they do have worries over the 31-year-old.

‘We’re worried about Ribery because we don’t know what he has,’ said the 1998 French World Cup winner.

With 16 goals in 81 internationals, Ribery is seen as key to his country’s chances in Brazil, after another successful season with Bayern Munich, during which they won the league and cup double. He also came third in the race to win the 2013 Ballon D’Or.

Having come from behind to beat Ukraine in a play-off, France were drawn in Group E of the World Cup, alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras.

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