Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté are injured, Karim Benzema is uncertain … The worrying state of the Blues’ form before the list of Didier Deschamps

What worries me the most are the small physical glitches with each other. With those words, fell completion Tottenham’s victory over Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League (2-0), Hugo Lloris, the captain of the Blues, can’t make a mistake. Great uncertainty currently surrounds the state of form of the players of the France team, while Didier Deschamps will announce, Thursday, September 15, at 2 pm, his list for the group stage of the League of Nations (two match against Austria on September 22 and then against Denmark on September 25).

Added to these injuries is the variable level of performance that is worrying two months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18, 2022). Franceinfo: sport provides an overview of the state of Didier Deschamps’ troops.

Pogba, Kanté, Kimpembe … Injuries on all lines

After a disappointing campaign in the League of Nations this summer (two draws, two losses), the holidays are not relaxing for many executives of the French team. At the heart of an organized gang extortion case, Paul Pogba also underwent right knee surgery on Monday, September 5. His recovery time is estimated at eight weeks, his participation in the World Cup was compromised.

N’Golo Kanté will also miss this rally due to a thigh injury he picked up at Chelsea at the end of August. The French defense also cannot rely on Presnel Kimpembe, who injured his hamstrings in PSG-Brest on Saturday (1-0). The defender of Paris is “about six weeks”according to his club. Didier Deschamps will also have to do without Lucas Hernandez, unavailable”A few weeks“according to Bayern Munich, after “left adductor muscle tear“, suffered during the victory against FC Barcelona on Tuesday (2-0).

This Bavarian package is in addition to Kingsley Coman, who was injured in training last week. Still on the attack, Karim Benzema suffered an injury to the quadriceps muscle of the right leg, during the trip from Real Madrid to Glasgow, on the occasion of the first day of C1. “If Benzema doesn’t play in the derby [contre l’Atlético Madrid, dimanche 18 septembre]he is not going to choose”, warned Carlo Ancelotti, as a warning to Didier Deschamps.

Griezmann, Rabiot, Ben Yedder… Players in difficulty

Similar to injuries, the level of play in some questions. Adrien Rabiot, who missed the last two matches of Juventus Turin, was the author of a not so good start to the season, as was that of Wissam Ben Yedder, who lost his place in the starting lineup of AS Monaco.

Griezmann’s case is different. With a goal every 64 minutes (three goals in seven games), his start to the season seems idyllic. However, the French striker was never built by Diego Simeone, on the orders of the management of Atlético Madrid, not to pay the amount of the purchase option to FC Barcelona.

Mbappé, Dembélé, Giroud … They are doing well

The gloom is not total for the Blues. Already with 10 goals in 8 games in all competitions, Kylian Mbappé is already in orbit, while Ousmane Dembélé is showing the form of his life at Barça (2 goals and 4 assists in 7 game in all competitions). The start of the 2022-2023 financial year is also in favor of Milanese Olivier Giroud, Mike Maignan and Théo Hernandez.

Snubbed by Didier Deschamps in June, the former has already scored four times, raising questions over his presence in Blue. His two teammates, who surfed their recent title of Italian champion in Rossoneri, will be called out of surprise. In Marseille, Mattéo Guendouzi and Jonathan Clauss were also the authors of an extraordinary start to the season.

Fofana, Camavinga, Terrier… Are surprises still possible?

Two months before France enters the World Cup [le 22 novembre contre l’Australie]Will Didier Deschamps dare to call up new players?

Young people like Wesley Fofana (Chelsea), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Martin Terrier (Rennes), Axel Disasi or Youssouf Fofana (AS Monaco) knocked on the door of “A”, when the “old” Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Nabil Fekir (Betis) or Clément Lenglet (Tottenham), can still believe it. What gave Didier Deschamps a headache for the Blues’ last big training session before the World Cup.

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