FIFA World Cup: Argentina and France teams had to make numerous last-minute changes in Qatar due to injuries sustained
This FIFA World Cup recurring theme is injuries, which will be on full display when Ecuador takes against Qatar on Sunday. As the winter FIFA World Cup has a special set of ailments that jeopardise players’ tournaments, major stars and significant players like Paul Pogba, Reece James, and Giovani Lo Celso were left off of the final 26 man rosters for their country. And the blows didn’t stop there. In training this week, five players were ruled out of the World Cup, and replacements have been selected for four of them.
The most crucial member of the group, Sadio Mane, is the only one who is still without a successor. Due to healing from a right fibula injury, the defending African Cup of Nations winners’ heartbeat will miss the competition.
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Presnel Kimpembe (PSG): Despite not being anticipated to play a significant role as a Les Blues starter, the PSG defender has excelled when called upon and occasionally lines up in a back three. Given that fellow centre back Raphel Varane is also out injured, his absence will be felt even more keenly. France may need to play their best game against Australia in his absence.
Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig): Nkunku was expected to sit on the sidelines in France’s star-studded attack, but that doesn’t mean the impact of his loss would be insignificant. Nkunku, one of the world’s most dynamic players, has 15 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League. He could have scored an insurance goal or kept the pressure on by coming off the bench.
Axel Diasi (AS Monaco): After taking Kimpembe’s place in the lineup, the AS Monaco defender may soon receive his first senior cap. While Monaco’s defence has struggled, giving up 21 goals, Diassi isn’t listed on the defensive roster.
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid): It was revealed late on Saturday that Benzema had to abandon the France team’s training session and will miss the entire competition. His replacement for FIFA World Cup on the squad is still up in the air.