The reports in France about top winger Franck Ribery are becoming increasingly negative that the Bayern Munich player will be able to play in the World Cup and recover from his back injury, which doesn’t seem to be responding well to treatment.
Frank Ribery – top French winger
Ribery was included in the 23 man squad for the World Cup, even though it was known he was receiving treatment for his back, and earlier this week L’Equipe reported that French manager Didier Deschamps may be forced to replace Ribery from his 23-man squad, before the World Cup starts a week tomorrow in Brazil.
France coach Bixente Lizarazu was also quoted as saying:
“We’re worried about Ribery because we don’t know what he has.”
If Ribery cannot make it, then it could be that Newcastle target Remy Cabella will be brought in, because Cabella is the future of France, and French reports claim he has been looking good during the French training camp.
But the obvious replacement would seem to be 26 year-old Samir Nasri, who was surprisingly left out of the French squad, but Didier Deschamps is thought not to rate the player too highly.
That’s at least when he plays for France, and Deschamps has already said Nasri very rarely reproduces the form he shows when he plays for Manchester City.
Remy Cabella – on standby to replace Ribery
If Cabella does make the squad and plays in the World Cup that could complicate Newcastle’s attempts to sign the player from Montpellier, after our initial bid of £6.5M for the player was turned down.
Newcastle have not yet tabled a second bid, but there’s no way Newcastle will meet the Montpellier asking price of around £13M for the 24 year-old midfielder.
Sounds like another stalemate to us. 🙁
Deschamps submitted his official 23 man squad to FIFA late Monday night, and Ribery was included in that squad, but FIFA rules allow for an injured player to be replaced after the Monday deadline, and up to 24 hours before a team’s first World Cup game.
France play Honduras in their first Group E game on 15th June.
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