While Didier Deschamps has to announce his list for the last two matches of the Nations League (Austria and Denmark) this Thursday, a real headache will occur because of the many injuries. Not so reassuring as the World Cup approaches.
Three days before the announcement of the final list before the 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18), Didier Deschamps is facing a big headache due to the many injuries affecting the his group. Many cases stand in front of the coach, who has to do without some executives for the rally in September, where the Blues will play against Austria (22nd) and Denmark (25th) in the League of Nations. The last meetings before the World Cup, which starts for the Blues on November 22 against Australia.
Will Pogba be brought back for the World Cup?
After the operation on his right knee, the midfielder will not be able to continue collective training with Juventus Turin for an estimated period of “eight weeks”, said the surgeon who operated on him. This surgical intervention, an option rejected at the beginning of August, was imposed after the aggravation of the injury of the French world champion. Before moving to billiards, the Juventus Turin player consulted two specialists after his injury, suffered at the end of July.
“In both cases, the surgeons decided for an intervention”, remembers Professor Roberto Rossi. An option that was forbidden by Paul Pogba specifically to avoid compromising his participation in the World Cup. This estimated timeframe theoretically allows Pogba to return to training on November 1. Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday that he does not trust him until the Italian Championship is suspended in mid-November due to the World Cup, but if it continues to January.
Physical glitches are increasing for Kanté
What about his faithful sidekick in midfield, N’Golo Kanté? Hit by the hamstring in the right leg on August 14, the Chelsea player is still unable to return to the field, while his absence is estimated to be at least a month. If all goes well, his return is expected during the international break. It remains to be seen if the former Caennais will be successful in stringing up the matches, he is on his fourth hamstring injury since January 2020.
The Blues’ attack is also a real headache for Didier Deschamps, who could be without Kingsley Coman. The Bavarian “tore a muscle fiber in the back of his right thigh” in training. Not avoided by physical glitches since the beginning of his career, the tricolor winger is in excellent form, he has not been injured since the end of April.
Hope for Benzema?
Will the Blues coach also have to do without the big favorite for the next Ballon d’Or? Hit in the right thigh against Celtic in the Champions League (semi-tendinous muscle injury as well as muscle overload), Karim Benzema could miss two to three weeks of competition. If he promises that his return will be “strong”, the Nueve will not be thrown into the wolf’s mouth, especially since Real is moving on quickly, with the reception of Leipzig in the Champions League and the derby at the ground of Atlético next week.
An appointment in which Carlo Ancelotti hopes to find his striker, although he is not “without risk”. The Real coach is also clear on the subject: “What is certain is that if he does not play in the derby, he will not go to the national team”, warned Ancelotti.
In the background too, it is stuck
If the defense of the French team was relatively saved from glitches, the situation changed this week with the injury of Presnel Kimpembe. The Parisian titi injured his left thigh by a very dangerous tackle on Irvin Cardona, in the last minutes of the victory against Brest on Saturday (1-0). After staying on the ground for a long time, holding his left leg, the PSG defender, who had already been warned, miraculously escaped the red card.
Victim of a “slight hamstring injury” according to Christophe Galtier, the Paris defender will miss at least two games (against Maccabi Haifa and OL). It remains to be seen if he will recover enough to be part of the list of 23 players, which Didier Deschamps revealed on Thursday at 2 pm.
Potential packages that worry Hugo Lloris. “The biggest concern for me is the small physical glitches because we need our best players at the important moment this November (at the World Cup). after Tottenham’s win against OM on Wednesday in the Champions League.