PARIS- France's World Cup chances suffered a severe blow when influential winger Franck Ribery was ruled out with lower back problems today.
Coach Didier Deschamps also said that attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was out of the finals in Brazil with a groin problem as Les Bleus suffered their third injury since the 23-man squad was unveiled. Second-choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda also pulled out.
Ribery and Grenier will be replaced in the squad by Morgan Schneiderlin and Remy Cabella.
The replacements have to be validated by world governing body FIFA as they are made after the 23-man squad submission deadline, which was on June 2.
France start their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Honduras in Group E, where they will also meet Ecuador and Switzerland.
Ribery was instrumental in France's qualifying campaign, scoring five goals and creating several chances for his team mates.