France needs Ribery, admits Matuidi

The Bayern Munich star has been struggling with injury recently but has been included in Didier Deschamps' final squad for the tournament in Brazil

Blaise Matuidi is under no illusions as to how important Franck Ribery is to France's World Cup campaign.

After a 4-0 thumping of Norway last week, France's tournament preparations looked to be running smoothly, but the team was rocked at the weekend by news that Ribery is struggling with a back problem.

The injury caused him to miss the 1-1 friendly draw with Paraguay on Sunday. Head coach Didier Deschamps remains optimistic Ribery will be fit for France's opening Group E fixture against Honduras on June 15, having included him in his 23-man squad for the summer showpiece.

Matuidi knows full well how important Ribery is to the team's cause.

"I'm not a doctor but I know that mentally Franck Ribery is fine," he said.

"You noticed that he did not train but the staff are doing everything in their power to make him ready for the last friendly [against Jamaica on June 8] or for the first game of the World Cup.

"We hope he will be fit, because Franck is a great player - we know we need him, we are all aware of it.

"Mentally he's with us and I hope he'll be there."