Missing the FIFA World Cup is like death in the soul, says Ribery

France winger Franck Ribery has said it is soul-destroying to miss the World Cup in Brazil, after his back injury ruled him out of the tournament

London: Franck Ribery has likened his World Cup absence to "a death in the soul".

A back problem saw the Bayern Munich star withdrawn from the squad on the same day as Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier, who has a thigh injury. Montpellier's Remy Cabella and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin will replace the pair.

Ribery said on the French Football Federation's official website: "It is like a death in the soul that I am forced to leave the France team and give up on the World Cup.

"I always hoped to be able to play against Jamaica (in this Sunday's final warm-up friendly) but when I pushed it physically on Friday morning it aggravated my back pain.

"The MRI scan confirmed those feelings and therefore my inability to train and play normally.

"In these conditions and despite the efforts of the medical staff, who I thank sincerely, my absence was inevitable."

Coach Didier Deschamps said in a press conference screened on the French Football Federation's official website: "It's a sad day.

"You have on one side two players who are happy to be joining us, and two others who are very sad."

Ribery had been following an individual training programme to overcome a back problem which has sidelined him since Bayern's DFB-Pokal final on May 17.

He had hoped to rejoin the full squad on Friday but Deschamps said: "We increased the intensity of his work but this morning, before he could join the collective training, he stopped dead on a movement with a sharp pain.

"As of today, everything leads us to believe that he will be unable to train for several weeks, and still less able to play."

Regarding Grenier, he added: "He had a groin problem in the second half of the season but had an operation and returned for the last match.

"He played in the (warm-up) matches against Norway and Paraguay and on Wednesday he trained as normal, Thursday morning as well, but on Thursday afternoon in the game he felt a violent pain in his right adductor and had to leave the session.

"He had an MRI scan, which unfortunately showed a tear in the adductor meaning an absence of several weeks."

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