The schedule was already looking too tight for the National Coaches. With the World Cup in the middle of winter, FIFA left only a short week before the festivities began for the hired selections to get ready. Thus, the looming international respite will be the last window of opportunity before the 26 lucky winners are announced.
For the France team, the headache is terrible. After two defeats and a draw in four matches, the Blues were last in their group of Nations League. Against Austria and Denmark on September 22-25, the current world champions will not have a special chance to take the tests and must above all rest assured on the occasion of their last appearance. before the World Cup.
However, Didier Deschamps, who is due to announce his roster tomorrow, may still have to test players. In addition to a tight schedule, DD already has to deal with a series of injuries. Bayonnais will have to dispense with the services of Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. Regarding Pogba, the concern is well-founded that he will not play again, at best, just a month before the World Cup. So his ticket to Qatar has yet to be confirmed.
As if that wasn’t enough, Presnel Kimpembe (hamstring) was added to the list of injured. The Paris Saint-Germain player will also be absent for at least six weeks! Finally, more bad news arrived last night from Munich. Bayern beat Barcelona, but lost Benjamin Pavard (thigh), Lucas Hernandez (closed) and Dayo Obecano (knee) to injury. Hernandez will also be out of action for five weeks. France’s team has already not been spared the Pogba and Le Grat affair, and it’s definitely going through a hell of a turbulence zone.