Ruffier links up with Les Bleus

Monaco keeper arrives in South Africa but can't join squad

Ruffier: On standby

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Stephane Ruffier has joined up with the France squad in South Africa as potential goalkeeper cover.

Les Bleus have asked for special dispensation to draft in another shot-stopper after seeing Cedric Carrasso struck down by injury.

He is set to miss the remainder of the World Cup after it was revealed on Wednesday that he will require a month of rest to recover from a thigh injury.

France now find themselves restricted to just two keeping options, with Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda battling it out for a starting berth.

They had been keen to add Ruffier to their ranks, taking them back up to full strength.

Fifa have rejected their request, though, making it clear that another injury would have to be sustained before they would consider allowing a new member to be drafted in.

However, France have opted to fly Ruffier to South Africa regardless, keen to have someone on standby in the case the worst case scenario occurs.

The 23-year-old Monaco shot-stopper, who is yet to be capped at senior level, has jetted in after cutting short his summer holidays.