A starting XI of stars set to miss the World Cup through injury.
Reports from France’s World Cup camp broke today that star midfielder Franck Ribery could be set to miss the tournament with a back injury that has been plaguing him for the past few weeks.
Manager Didier Deschamps will be left to sweat on Monday night as he prepares to announce his final 23-man squad on Tuesday and there is a stung chance that he will be forced to leave the Bayern Munich man behind.
France coach Bixente Lizarazu said: “We’re worried about Ribery because we don’t know what he has.”
However, should he be left behind he will slot straight into this talented squad of stars who will also sit out the tournament with their own injury concerns.
GK: Victor Valdes – Spain
The shot stopper went down with an anterior cruciate ligament injury back in March, something that not only ruined his World Cup chances but scuppered his chances of securing a move to a new club as well.
DF: Gregory van der Wiel – Netherlands
The Dutchman is currently suffering from tendonitis and has thus been left out of Louis Van Gaal’s travelling party.
DF: Holger Badstuber – Germany
The talented young defender hasn’t step foot onto the pitch for club or country since late 2012 after suffering with a cruciate ligament injury.
DF: Silvio – Portugal
The Benfica ace will be out for some time after breaking his leg during a Europa League encounter with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar back in March.