May 22, 2010

TIGNES, France (Reuters) -- France midfielder Lassana Diarra has been ruled out of the World Cup because of persistent stomach pains, a team spokesman said on Saturday.

"Following stomach pains, medical check-ups have shown an unforeseeable illness that justifies an indeterminate rest period," the spokesman said.

"As a result, Lassana Diarra is out of the World Cup."

France have been drawn in Group A with hosts South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay for the June 11-July 11 tournament.

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