Hassan Yebda: I'm prepared to miss Portsmouth's FA Cup final to be fit for World Cup

Portsmouth midfielder Hassan Yebda is ready to sacrifice his FA Cup final place to make sure he is fit to face England at the World Cup.

Algerian international Yebda has flown to France to be nursed back to fitness by former Arsenal physio Philippe Boixel after missing Portsmouth’s last two games with an abductor muscle injury.

Yebda said: 'It will be 50-50 whether I play in the cup final. However, I can’t take any risks and I must always listen to what my body is saying, as any professional player should.

World Cup hopeful: Yebda

World Cup hopeful: Yebda

'My main wish is to be able to play in the final with Portsmouth but if I feel I can’t do what the coach and my team-mates need me to do I’ll give up my place to someone else. I am not going to cheat anyone.

'In principle I will stay in Paris until Wednesday at the latest. The treatment requires above all rest and some specific sessions.

'It is getting better and better and I have no worries about how they pain I am feeling is developing.'

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