French playmaker Franck Ribery will be fit to play in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said. The 31-year-old Bayern Munich star, a veteran of the Germany 2006 final when France lost to Italy on penalties, has been unable to train with the rest of the squad since joining them last week because of back pain.
However, Le Graet said that Ribery had been given the all clear after he underwent tests in a hospital in Paris on Saturday and is due to travel to Nice where the French squad is preparing for a friendly with Paraguay on Sunday. "The French team is counting on Ribery," said Le Graet, who was speaking after the annual general meeting of the federation in Paris. "He will resume training very soon. The medical examinations he underwent showed that there is no threat of his missing the World Cup."
Ribery, who was also part of the squad that exited South Africa 2010 in the first round, had, according to Le Graet, been worried that the problem might be more serious. "He was a little bit anxious because he had felt a sharp pain in the base of the back but there was nothing to show that it was serious," said Le Graet. "He will resume training almost certainly next week."