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Mandanda pulls out of World Cup

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda withdraws from France's World Cup squad with neck injury

Mandanda pulls out of World Cup

MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has pulled out of the France squad for the World Cup in Brazil because of a neck injury.

"It's with sadness that I announce that unfortunately I will not be able to hold my spot in the World Cup squad," Mandanda said on his Twitter account.

Mandanda lost consciousness in Saturday's 1-0 win over Guingamp after his head collided with the knee of striker Mustapha Yatabare in the 19th minute. He was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

French club Marseille said Mandanda suffered a neck sprain and a crack in the first cervical vertebra, adding that he would need to carry a neck brace for three weeks and undergo rehabilitation for a similar period of time.

Bastia's Mickael Landreau and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris are the other goalkeepers included in France's preliminary 30-man World Cup squad.