France coach Didier Deschamps was hit with a late double injury headache as both Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier were ruled out of his final 23-man FIFA World Cup squad, just two days before the final warm-up clash with Jamaica in Lille.
The Bayern Munich man finally succumbed to back troubles that have been plaguing him per ESPN FC, while Grenier had to drop out with a groin problem per ESPN FC's Ian Holyman. The changes also mean that three of the original seven reserve players are now part of the final group, with AS Saint-Etienne's Stephane Ruffier an early replacement for Olympique de Marseille's Steve Mandanda who also withdrew injured.
When Deschamps originally unveiled his squad for this summer’s tournament in Brazil, Manchester City’s Samir Nasri did not feature in it as expected. Neither did club teammate Gael Clichy, but Les Bleus still boast plenty of quality ahead of their trip to South America despite their numerous absences.
Les Tricolores have qualified for their 14th World Cup, having had to beat Ukraine in a dramatic two-legged play-off to do so.
In Brazil, France will face Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E.
Here is the 23-man squad selected by Deschamps.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Stephane Ruffier (AS Saint-Etienne), Mickael Landreau (SC Bastia), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Lucas Digne (Paris Saint-Germain), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto), Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille OSC), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Olympique de Marseille), Karim Benzema (Real), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Remy Cabella (Montpellier HSC), Loic Remy (Queens Park Rangers).