Bayern Munich & France Star Franck Ribery Ruled Out Of 2014 World Cup

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Cabella will replace the 31-year-old in the squad.

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There is bad news for France ahead of the 2014 World Cup as Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has had to pull out with a back injury.

Montpellier attacking midfielder Remy Cabella will replace the 31-year-old in Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad.

It comes as a blow for the French as Olympique Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has also had to pull out and will be replaced by Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.

The absence of Ribery is of course the big news as the Bayern ace is widely regarded as the nation’s best player and will be a big loss to the side.

He came third in the 2014 Ballon d’Or awards – behind Lionel Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo – after helping his club to the treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League in 2012/13.

Ribery is considered among the finest players in the game currently, although has struggled with injuries throughout the last 12 months and as a result was limited to just 22 league appearances.

However, Cabella himself had a fine year in Ligue 1, although it’s likely that Real Sociedad ace Antoine Griezmann will take up the position on the left flank after scoring 16 La Liga goals in the last campaign.

SEE ALSO: The 50 best players at the 2014 World Cup.

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