World Cup 2014: France's Franck Ribery out with back injury
France attacker Franck Ribery will miss the World Cup through injury, Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed.
The Bayern Munich player, 31, has been ruled out after injuring his lower back in a training session on Friday. "He is not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone playing a game," Deschamps told a news conference. Ribery pulled out of the training session after complaining of pain and was later taken for an MRI scan, which confirmed the extent of the injury. The three-time French player of the year has been suffering from lower back pains for several weeks, playing only once for club or country since 29 April. He managed 79 minutes in the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund on 17 May and missed France's warm-up matches against Norway and Paraguay. "He had to stop in training, the pain was too strong," added former Chelsea midfielder Deschamps. "We made checks in the beginning of the afternoon, checks that confirmed the situation has aggravated." But his absence could present an opportunity to either 24-year-old midfielder Schneiderlin or Montpellier attacker Remy Cabella, who have been called into Deschamps' squad as replacements for Ribery and Grenier.
Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband 'cause the Azzurri have landed in Brazil
Official team photo before the departure from Fiumicino
More pics from their arrival...
Selfies for all...
Not a selfie but still deserves to be included because ~obviously
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A completely gratuitous photo of Alonso and Mata walking around Washington DC, just 'cause.
*Of course* these two would get along...