France winger Franck Ribery has been ruled out of this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil due to injury.
The Bayern Munich star reportedly injured his lower back during a training session on Friday, and medics have now decided that he is unfit to resume preparation for the tournament.
The news comes as a major blow to France, who have been tagged as many peoples ‘underdogs’ going into the World Cup.
The French Football Federation released a statement on Friday afternoon confirming that Ribery would be out of the World Cup.
'An MRI scan confirmed the sudden worsening of his condition and led the medical staff to conclude his inability to train and play', read the statement.
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and Montpellier’s Remy Cabella have been called into the squad this afternoon, with not a mention of Manchester City ace Samir Nasri receiving a late call-up.
Ribery’s impressive season at German champions Bayern mean that French hopes have been dealt a massive blow just nine days before their opening group match against Honduras.
The winger has appeared 80 times for Les Blues, scoring 16 times, but now looks unlikely to ever play in another World Cup as he will be 35 by Russia 2018.
Ribery’s stellar season with Bayern saw him score 16 goals in 39 games, as the club went on to achieve a league and cup double. He was also nominated for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or award, but finished behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The injury means that Ribery will have largely unhappy memories of competing at the World Cup finals. The 31-year-old was part of the side who lost to Italy on penalties in the final back in 2006, while in 2010 he was involved in the French team who failed to qualify from the group stages and the controversy with manager Raymond Domenech which led to him receiving a three-match international ban.