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Injured French star aims to return against Jamaica

Monday, June 02, 2014

NICE, France - France coach Didier Deschamps is hoping that injured playmaker Franck Ribery will have recovered from his back problem in time for next week's World Cup warm-up against Jamaica.

The 31-year-old Bayern Munich star, a veteran of the 2006 final when France lost to Italy, has been unable to train with the rest of the squad since joining them last week.

The injury kept Ribery out of Tuesday's 4-0 victory in the friendly against Norway, and he will also be absent for the game against Paraguay on Sunday.

Despite concern over the Bayern star's state of readiness for Brazil Deschamps said he was not planning to call up a replacement for the 31-year-old.

"I'm not thinking about that today," the French boss told a press conference at Les Bleus' training camp in Nice.

The 1998 World Cup winning captain added: "Franck's situation relates to a back problem going back some weeks and months. If we're where we are now it means that there is something (amiss).

"Our aim is to enable him to return for a team session freer than he's been in the last few weeks for Bayern Munich.

"We and above all him are doing everything to find a solution, and there is one.

"The aim is that he'll be available for Jamaica (in Lille next Sunday)."

Earlier, Ribery's participation at the World Cup was assured by French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.

"The French team is counting on Ribery," said Le Graet.

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