Franck Ribery Injury Hits France’s World Cup Chances

Henry & Rebery

Les Bleus have received a pre-World Cup qualifying blow with the news that a knee injury will rule out the Bayern Munich winger.

France winger Franck Ribery has been forced to withdraw from his nation’s forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Austria due to injury, and his place in the squad has been filled by Olympique Lyonnaisforward Bafetimbi Gomis.

Reports that the Bayern Munich man arrived at Clairefontaine, where les Bleus’ training camp is based, on Monday, but his presence at the Ile-de-France venue was largely to confirm a problem with his left knee, which has been deemed serious enough by the medical team to keep him out of the forthcoming games.

Such news comes as a serious blow to head coach Raymond Domenech, who has often relied upon the 26-year-old’s creative instincts to break down obstinate defences during the World Cup qualifying campaign. Combined with Yoann Gourcuff’s injury, the French side have now been shorn of two of their most imaginative players.

However, the vacuum left by Ribery will be filled by Gomis, a very different kind of player. A powerful forward, the frontman of Senegalese descent has led OL’s line since the summer and has done so with some distinction, scoring seven times for his new club already.

The 24-year-old is not a newcomer to the international set-up either, having been convened for Euro 2008 after successful trials in pre-tournament friendlies. However, Gomis did not live up to the performances he produced in these dry runs and was widely considered a flop in Austria and Switzerland.

As a result, the former Saint-Etienne player has won only four caps, scoring twice against Ecuador on his debut.


~ by footballdirecta on October 6, 2009.

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