Irishman Craig Breen has been informed he will not be allowed to start Rallye Deutschland.

Breen was denied permission by the stewards on safety grounds.

The decision was made in the wake of the injury he sustained on Rally Finland earlier this month, when he injured his back following a heavy landing. He spent a night in hospital as a result.

Breen had been given the okay to compete by his specialist, but the FIA Medical Delegate and the rally Chief Medical Officer were concerned he might aggravate matters by taking part in the event in Trier. He was informed of the decision today following a meeting of the stewards on Wednesday evening.

"I am bitterly disappointed by this decision," Breen told his official website. "I have followed the correct procedure leading up to this event. I have medical clearance to compete, I feel great and I haven't had any pain even after our pre-event test here this week."

"[But] I must respect the stewards decision and move forward," he added.

The Peugeot Rally Academy driver, who is also competing in the ERC this year, was due to drive a Fiesta RS WRC.

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