Franck Ribery has admitted that he refused to take a cortisone injection that would have allowed him to play at the World Cup this summer.
The winger, 31, was recommended the treatment by the French medical team after he was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury.
The French team doctor Kevin Le Gall told journalists that Ribery was afraid of needles and not offered that treatment the injection which acts as short-term pain relief.
But Ribery, who was seen as one of Didier Deschamps' most important platers, rejected those claims.
"I’m not afraid of injections," he told German news agency SID. "But I didn’t want to have a cortisone injection from the French doctor.
FRANCE: Group E team profile
FRANCE: Group E team profile
1/5 How they qualified
France were drawn in the same group as World and European champions Spain, and with the addition of Belarus, Georgia and Finland it was obvious that it would be a battle between those two mega powers. France were pretty stellar in their results but fell short against La Furia Roja at home which cost them first place. Les Bleus faced Ukraine at the play offs who almost provided an upset as they beat the 1998 World Cup winners 2-0 at Kiev. However, a loud Stade de France and a determined Tricolores side managed to overturn the aggregate and won 3-0 thanks to two goals by Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho.
Didier Deschamps is no stranger to success with the French team as he captained them to a World Cup home win in 1998 and a Euro triumph two years later. It is obvious that he is not afraid to take risks, as proven by his dismissal of Manchester City’s Samir Nasri. With a Ligue 1 title and a Champions League final under his belt, the 45-year-old could indeed be looking for another World Cup moment.
3/5 Star Player
In the absence of Franck Ribery, striker Karim Benzema will have to step up and take the burdon of France's attack if they are to have an impact in Brazil. The 25-year-old will arrive as a Champions League winner following Real Madrid's success this season, and he will need to prove that he can do it without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to really cement his place among the world's best.
4/5 Emerging Talent
Paul Pogba is a powerful midfielder that had a breakthrough season inb the Serie A for Juventus where he amassed 36 caps, scored seven goals and produced an equal number of assists. The 21-year-old’s excellent performance has not gone undetected, as Chelsea are eyeing him as David Luiz’s replacement.
5/5 How they will line up: (4-4-2)
Lloris; Debuchy, Koscielny, Varane, Evra; Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba, Valbuena; Greizmann, Benzema.
"I know it’s not good."
Le Gall had earlier criticised Bayern Munich's medical team, saying: "Franck belongs to a club whose method of treatment for all ailments, whatever they might be, is based on injections."
Ribery, who starred for Bayern's double winning team last season, has 80 caps for France.
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