France forward Franck Ribery has been ruled out of 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 had to stop in training, the pain was too strong,” Deschamps told a news conference afterwards.
“He is not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone play a game.”
Lyon’s Clement Grenier will also miss the tournament with a hip injury.
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and Montpellier attacker Remy Cabella have been called into Deschamps’ squad as replacements.
Ribery was taken for an MRI scan, which confirmed the extent of the injury.
“We made checks in the beginning of the afternoon, checks that confirmed the situation has aggravated,” added Deschamps.
Ribery was voted as the world’s third best player of 2013 after Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.