How do you say “bummer” in French?
French star Franck Ribery won’t be appearing in Brazil for Les Bleus this year, after suffering a back injury. Here’s what the French Football Federation had to say about it on their official Twitter feed:
Ribéry et Grenier forfaits définitifs. Cabella et Schneiderlin, appelés, rejoindront Clairefontaine dans la soirée. #CM2014
— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 6, 2014
ESPN reports that Ribery, who plays for the German powerhouse club Bayern Munich and was UEFA player of the year, had been expected to appear in Brazil, despite stubborn health problems. France manager Didier Deschamps, however, told the media Friday that Ribery had exacerbated the problem during Friday’s training session.
“Franck had been feeling better,” Deschamps was quoted as telling reporters. “The increase in intensity worsened the situation. This is a sad day, but we need to recover and prepare for the final friendly.”
As if Ribery’s loss wasn’t bad enough. Midfielder Clement Grenier was also reported to be out of the tournament with an adductor tear.
France kicks off its quest for World Cup victory against Honduras on June 15. Also in Group E are Switzerland and Ecuador.