Disappointing news ahead of the World Cup 2014 arrived for France national team as they will be competing without their second goal keeper, Steve Mandanda who picked up an injury.
The Marseille goalie suffered a serious neck injury during his team’s league fixture against Guingamp this past weekend. Mandanda collided with Mustapha Yatabare on that tie and was forced to hospital afterwards to check out on his condition.
Losing his consciousness for a while, Mandanda finally got himself together in the hospital as on his official twitter account he confirmed his absence in the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
“It’s with sadness that I announce that unfortunately I will not be able to hold my spot in the World Cup squad,” Mandanda stated on his twitter.
Although Hugo Lloris is touted as Les Blues’ main goalie for the tournament, but losing out Mandanda is surely something that forced Didier Deschamps to check on his World Cup squad reserve list and picked a replacement.
According to Deschamps’ previously announced setup, Saint-Etienne’s Stephane Ruffier, will be called up as replacement for Mandanda in Brazil. The tactician will now hope that none of his remaining 23-men list picked up another injury problem as World Cup is just around the corner.