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Ribery turned down cortisone injection

14 June 2014 19:20

Franck Ribery has revealed that he rejected a cortisone injection during his failed fight to be fit for France's FIFA World Cup campaign.

Ribery was ruled out of the tournament last week due to a back injury that prevented him from taking part in any of France's warm-up games.

France doctor Kevin Le Gall had earlier said that they did not offer the Bayern Munich winger an injection - which could have seen him feature - because he is scared of needles.

But the 31-year-old, who played a key role in France's run to the final in 2006, has now denied those claims.

"I'm not afraid of injections," Ribery told the German news agency SID.

"But I didn't want to have a cortisone injection from the French doctor. I know it's not good."

France play their opening World Cup game against Honduras on Sunday.

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3 - 0

Competition
World Cup
Date
15 June 2014
Game week
1
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0

Goals

K. Benzema (PG) 45'  
1 - 0
N. Valladares (OG) 48'  
2 - 0
K. Benzema 72'
(assist by P. Evra) 
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6 45+2'
19 27'
10 45' 72'
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