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World Cup 2022: Presnel Kimpembe forfeits, Axel Disasi replaces him

Before flying to Qatar, where she is preparing to challenge her title at the 2022 World Cup, the France team is weakened.

Didier Deschamps, who already had to deal with the packages of his midfield executives, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, will also not be able to count on Presnel Kimpembe, who was part of the initial list of the Blues. The Paris Saint-Germain international defender, crowned world champion in 2018, was deemed insufficiently recovered on Monday, November 14, after a left thigh injury.

Read also: World Cup 2022: Marcus Thuram last minute guest in Didier Deschamps’ list

The French Football Federation specifies in a press release that the decision has been taken ” this [lundi] morning, at Clairefontaine, after an exchange between the player and the doctor of the France team, doctor Franck Le Gall, then between the player and Didier Deschamps”.

“Unfortunately, my health comes first and the latest tests have shown that I will not be able to ensure 200% performance and I do not wish to destabilize the group”announced Presnel Kimpembe on his Twitter account.

It is therefore a new blow for the coach, who loses a regular holder of his team. During the last Euro, Presnel Kimpembe was paired in central defense with Raphaël Varane… another player injured in the thigh in October, but finally deemed fit by the staff to play in international competition.

A great first for Disasi

To replace Presnel Kimpembe, Didier Deschamps called on Axel Disasi, the AS Monaco defender. This is the very first time that the 24-year-old has been called up to the France A team.

Trained at Paris FC, the native of Gonesse (Val-d’Oise) had started in Ligue 1 at the Stade de Reims before joining AS Monaco in 2020, where he is a permanent starter with the club having finished third in the League. 1 at the end of the 2021-2022 season. To date, Disasi has no selection with the France team and had never been called up to the hopefuls.

Axel Disasi is expected during the day at the Clairefontaine training center (Yvelines). He is not the only one. Indeed, Marcus Thuram, last minute guest in Didier Deschamps listbecame the 26e Tricolor summoned by Didier Deschamps Monday, November 14.

The new list of 26 players summoned by Didier Deschamps

Guardians: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes)

Defenders: Axel Disasi (AS Monaco) Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Théo Hernandez (AC Milan), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool FC), Jules Koundé (FC Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Raphaël Varane ( Manchester United), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)

Environments : Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (AS Monaco), Mattéo Guendouzi (Olympique de Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Olympique de Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid), Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig ), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach)

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