France attacker Franck Ribery will miss the 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 is not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone play a game,” Deschamps told a news conference.
Lyon’s Clement Grenier is also out with a hip injury, leading to a call-up for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin.
Ribery pulled out of the training session after complaining of pain and was later taken for an MRI scan, which confirmed the extent of the injury.
“He had to stop in training, the pain was too strong,” added former Chelsea midfielder Deschamps.
“We made checks in the beginning of the afternoon, checks that confirmed the situation has aggravated.”
Ribery was instrumental in France’s qualifying campaign, scoring five goals for the 1998 world champions.
But his absence could present an opportunity to either 24-year-old midfielder Schneiderlin or Montpellier attacker Remy Cabella, who has also been called into Deschamps’ squad as a replacement.
France start their Group E campaign on 15 June against Honduras. Les Blues will also meet Ecuador and Switzerland in the group stage.
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.