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Neck injury rules Mandanda out of World Cup

Published: Sunday 18 May 2014, 16.50CET
France must do without goalkeeper Steve Mandanda for the FIFA World Cup after the Olympique de Marseille No1 suffered a neck injury in the club's final game of the Ligue 1 season.
Neck injury rules Mandanda out of World Cup
A neck injury has ruled Steve Mandanda out of the World Cup ©AFP/Getty Images

Published: Sunday 18 May 2014, 16.50CET

Neck injury rules Mandanda out of World Cup

France must do without goalkeeper Steve Mandanda for the FIFA World Cup after the Olympique de Marseille No1 suffered a neck injury in the club's final game of the Ligue 1 season.

Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda will miss the FIFA World Cup in Brazil after sustaining a neck injury in the club's final game of the season on Saturday.

Capped 16 times by France, Mandanda was carried off during the 1-0 win against EA Guingamp following a collision with Mustapha Yatabaré. Scans afterwards revealed that the 29-year old had suffered a cracked cervical vertebra "which will require a three-week rest and another three weeks of rehab," according to OM's medical staff.

"I sadly announce that, unfortunately, I won't be able to take part in the World Cup," said Mandanda. "I wish the France team a successful World Cup." Mandanda was set to travel as second-choice keeper behind Hugo Lloris; instead, AS Saint-Étienne's Stéphane Ruffier will now come into the squad as a replacement, having been named in Didier Deschamps' seven-man reserve group on 13 May.

Les Bleus will play their first warm-up game against Norway at the Stade De France on 27 May, before further friendlies against Paraguay and Jamaica. France begin their Group E campaign against Honduras in Porto Alegre on 15 June before facing Switzerland and Ecuador.

Last updated: 18/05/14 17.35CET

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