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Blatter says tiredness after long season is a factor in player injuries

In this picture taken Friday June 6, 2014 German national soccer player  Marco Reus  lies on the pitch during the friendly soccer match between Germany and Armenia in Mainz Germany. Reus was helped off the pitch  after twisting his left ankle while challenging Artur Yedigaryan for the ball. Reus immediately dropped to the grass and appeared in considerable pain. Team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt shook his head as he assisted the Borussia Dortmund player off the pitch. Reus was taken to the hospital to determine the full extent of the injury. AP Photo/dpa,Thomas Eisenhuth)

In this picture taken Friday June 6, 2014 German national soccer player Marco Reus lies on the pitch during the friendly soccer match between Germany and Armenia in Mainz Germany. Reus was helped off the pitch after twisting his left ankle while challenging Artur Yedigaryan for the ball. Reus immediately dropped to the grass and appeared in considerable pain. Team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt shook his head as he assisted the Borussia Dortmund player off the pitch. Reus was taken to the hospital to determine the full extent of the injury. AP Photo/dpa,Thomas Eisenhuth)  (The Associated Press)

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says tiredness after a long season is a factor in the World Cup losing top players to injury.

Blatter tells reporters that it's "too long a season and always the same players are always in the same competitions."

"Now they are tired," the FIFA chief says.

France winger Franck Ribery and midfielder Marco Reus of Germany dropped out in recent days.

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has missed warm-up matches due to persistent left leg injuries, and Argentina's Lionel Messi has seemed below full health.

Blatter suggested after the 2010 World Cup that the long European season was a factor in producing too few entertaining matches.