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Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has been ruled out of the World Cup finals after breaking his leg in France's last friendly before the tournament.

The former Auxerre star suffered a sickening break after falling heavily on his right leg following a challenge on 12 minutes, before he was stretchered off and taken to hospital.

Cisse, who suffered a horrific injury to his left leg in October 2004 for Liverpool, is going under the knife and now will miss the summer's showpiece tournament and almost certainly the start of next season.

Les Bleus coach Raymond Domenech confirmed the crushing news after the 3-1 victory.

"He is undergoing surgery. It's a vicious blow to all of us," Domenech told reporters.

The break may also put paid to any potential transfer for the Liverpool star after Marseille officials travelled to England on Wednesday in an attempt to hammer out a deal.

With Cisse out of action for a prolonged period, Domenech has until 5pm on June 12 to name a replacement in his World Cup squad.

Early indications in France suggest that one of Robert Pires, Johan Micoud, Nicolas Anelka or Ludovic Giuly will be the man to benefit.