Christopher Nkunku withdraws from the World Cup


The curse continues for the French team, with 5 days to go before the start of the competition. After Presnel Kimpembe at the beginning of the week, it is Christopher Nkunku who declares his withdrawal from the World Cup after unfortunately injuring himself during training on Tuesday, November 15. Indeed, the medical assessment was not long in coming. « X-ray examinations passed in the evening unfortunately revealed that it was a sprain, » explains the FFF.

He was therefore forced to withdraw from the World Cup 2022, and thus adds to the already long list of injured players. The Leipzig striker, currently the Bundesliga’s top scorer, is suffering from a « sprain » in his left knee, the French Football Federation announced on the eve of the players’ departure for Qatar on Wednesday morning. This is yet another blow for the French team, which sees its list of injured grow once again.


It is therefore the Frankfurt striker, Randal Kolo Muani, who was called by Didier Deschamps to compensate for this absence. The 23 year old Frenchman had his first two caps in September. FIFA rules allow coaches to make changes to rosters in case of « serious injury ». Didier Deschamps had the opportunity to use this rule to his advantage.

In addition, the concern is still present in the Blues concerning the players who joined the group with some physical problems. Back from injury, Karim Benzema has not yet completed a full session at Clairefontaine. He is therefore training separately, like Raphael Varane, who has been affected by a thigh injury in recent weeks. Let’s just hope that these two stalwarts of the French team will be back in time for the first match of Les Bleus next Tuesday against Australia.