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Grenier thankful for support after World Cup heartbreak

7 June 2014 19:33

France's Clement Grenier is grateful for the support he has received after being ruled out of the FIFA World Cup.

The Lyon midfielder was part of France coach Didier Deschamps' 23-man squad for the marquee tournament that starts in Brazil next week.

However, Grenier pulled up in training with a groin injury on Thursday - having been plagued by a similar issue at the back end of the Ligue 1 season - and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament.

Writing on his official Twitter account, Grenier said: "Thank you for all your messages of support. They are going straight to the heart.

"This is a difficult time but I will come back stronger."

Grenier's injury represented part of a double blow for Deschamps, after it was announced talisman Franck Ribery would also miss the World Cup.

The Bayern Munich winger had hoped to recover from a back injury in time to feature, but had to leave training on Friday after suffering pain in the warm-up.

Montpellier's Remy Cabella and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin have been called up as replacements.

But despite the injury problems - particularly Ribery's - that have rocked the squad, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists that the mood within the camp is still upbeat.

"The answer (after Franck Ribery's withdrawal) will come from the group," he said at a press conference on Saturday.

"Yes you have individual players with their own responsibility but the answers will be collective.

"Franck had a big role to play in the team. He's an excellent player with a great personality. He's got a big role to play in the group's daily life.

"But we knew he could possibly withdraw. We were very positive and 100 per cent behind him but we'd anticipated that.

"Unfortunately the worst happened. Now that doesn't impact our ambitions nor our mood.

"Everybody wants to play a part in France's success during the World Cup. We'll have to work hard, we'll have to make sacrifices, but we're all up for it."

France begin their World Cup campaign with a Group E encounter against Honduras on June 15.

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