World Cup - Confusion over Ribery's World Cup hopes after back pain

France winger Franck Ribery's World Cup participation remains up in the air after it was revealed he is suffering from back pain.

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Ribery has been suffering from lower back pain and has been treated by the French national team doctors, though there are differing reports on the winger's World Cup participation hopes - despite him being named on the bench for Les Bleus' friendly against Paraguay.

Yesterday France boss Didier Deschamps revealed that Ribery, who missed last weekend's warm-up match with Norway, was being plagued by a back injury that he suffered with club side Bayern Munich.

"He's been having back problems for several months," Deschamps told a news conference.

"Our goal is that he feels better than the previous weeks and that he is available for the Jamaica game (on June 8).

"We are doing everything so that he can come back. He is confident. If there is a problem, we will have time to find a solution."

However, French newspaper L'Equipe - usually a very credible source, particularly when reporting on the national side - revealed that Ribery would miss the World Cup, though French TV channel TF1 stated that the back problem was not severe enough to force the Ballon d'Or nominee out of the finals.

"Any announcement about him pulling out (of the World Cup squad) is premature," a team official was quoted as saying.

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