This is a new blow for Didier Deschamps, six days before the debut of the French team in the World Cup in Qatar. The coach of the Blues announced Wednesday, November 16 the summons of Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani for the competition. The 23-year-old player (2 sections in the national team), currently training in Japan, will join his teammates in Doha on Thursday morning.
He replaces Christopher Nkunku in the list of 26 World Cup participants. The former Parisian, who has had a string of good performances at his club Leipzig, was forced to forfeit Tuesday, November 15 due to a sprained left knee contracted during training.
For several weeks, the multiplication of injuries has been a headache for Didier Deschamps. Several locker room executives will not participate in the competition, especially in midfield. This is particularly the case for Paul Pogba (knee) and N’Golo Kanté (hamstrings). The two players had played a major role in the coronation of the Blues in Moscow in 2018. In the midfield, the coach will therefore have to resort to players without much experience in selection and who have played little or not at all together.
At the end of October, Mike Maignan had thrown in the towel due to a calf injury. The goalkeeper was replaced by veteran Steve Mandanda, who currently plays for Rennes.
The French defense was not spared either. Less than a week after the announcement of the list of players summoned to the World Cup, the defender of Paris Saint-Germain Presnel Kimpembe, claiming a starting place in the central hinge, has also given up going to Qatar due to from an insufficiently healed injury to the Achilles tendon. He was replaced by the Monegasque Axel Disasi.
► The list of 26 who fly to Qatar
Guardians: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes)
Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Théo Hernandez (AC Milan), Axel Disasi (AS Monaco), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), Jules Koundé (FC Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Raphaël Varane ( Manchester United), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (AS Monaco), Mattéo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus Turin), Aurélien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Marseille)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (Paris SG), Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt), Marcus Thuram (Monchengladbach)