While Didier Deschamps is due to announce his list for the last two Nations League matches (Austria and Denmark) this Thursday, a real headache sets in due to the numerous injuries. Not very reassuring as the World Cup approaches.
Three days before the announcement of the last list before the 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18), Didier Deschamps is facing a big headache due to the numerous injuries affecting his group. Several cases stand before the coach, who will have to do without a few executives for the September rally, where the Blues will play against Austria (22nd) and Denmark (25th) in the League of Nations. The last meetings before the World Cup, which will start for the Blues on November 22 against Australia.
Will Pogba be put back for the World Cup?
After surgery on his right knee, the midfielder will not be able to resume collective training with Juventus Turin for an estimated period of “eight weeks”, said the surgeon who operated on him. This surgical intervention, an option ruled out at the beginning of August, was imposed after the aggravation of the injury of the French world champion. Before moving on to the billiards, the Juventus Turin player had consulted two specialists after his injury, suffered at the end of July.
“In both cases, the surgeons had decided for an intervention”, recalls Professor Roberto Rossi. An option ruled out by Paul Pogba in particular to avoid compromising his participation in the World Cup. This estimated timeframe would theoretically allow Pogba to return to training around November 1. Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday that he was not counting on him until the Italian Championship was suspended in mid-November because of the World Cup, but only when it resumed in January.
Physical glitches more and more present for Kanté
What about his faithful midfield sidekick, N’Golo Kanté? Hit in the hamstring of the right thigh on August 14, the Chelsea player has still not returned to the field, while his absence was estimated at a minimum of one month. If all goes well, his return is expected during the international break. It remains to be seen whether the former Caennais will succeed in stringing together the matches, he who is already on his fourth hamstring injury since January 2020.
The Blues attack is also a real headache for Didier Deschamps, who could do without Kingsley Coman. The Bavarian “tore a muscle fiber in the back of his right thigh” in training. Not spared by physical glitches since the start of his career, the tricolor winger was in great shape, he who had not been injured since the end of April.
Hope for Benzema?
Will the coach of the Blues 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 mouth of the wolf, especially since Real goes on very quickly, with the reception of Leipzig in the Champions League and the derby on the ground of the Atlético next weekend.
An appointment in which Carlo Ancelotti hopes to see his striker, even if he will not take “no risks”. The Real coach was also very clear on the subject: “What is certain is that if he does not play the derby, he will not go to the national team”, warned Ancelotti.
Behind too, it gets stuck
If the defense of the French team was relatively spared from the glitches, the situation changed this weekend with the injury of Presnel Kimpembe. The Parisian titi injured his left thigh by very dangerously tackling 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 thigh, the PSG defender, already warned, miraculously escaped the red card.
Victim of a “small hamstring injury” according to Christophe Galtier, the Parisian defender will be absent at least two games (against Maccabi Haifa and OL). It remains to be seen whether he will be sufficiently recovered to be part of the list of 23 players, unveiled by Didier Deschamps on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Potential packages that worry Hugo Lloris. “What worries me the most are the small physical glitches because we will need our best players at the important moment of this month of November (in the World Cup). Hoping that everyone has recovered from here there”, admitted the captain of the Blues after Tottenham’s victory against OM on Wednesday in the Champions League.