France team: Mandanda joined the group, Koundé and Maignan fixed on their injuries

The carnage did not stop Thursday against Austria (2-0) with two new players ruled out through injury: Jules Koundé (ischio) and Mike Maignan (calf). The first was not replaced for Sunday’s Nations League match in Denmark. On the other hand, Didier Deschamps called on Steve Mandanda to replace the AC Milan goalkeeper. The last summons of the former Marseillais dates back to September 2021, during the World Cup qualifiers. His last selection, meanwhile, dates from November 11, 2020 (2-0 defeat against Finland).

Arrived from Rennes by train, at Montparnasse station before lunchtime, the 37-year-old world champion reached Enghien-les-Bains where the France team stayed after their victory. He was able to meet Maignan who was leaving the group to take exams at the American hospital in Neuilly with Doctor Franck Le Gall. Like Koundé, the former Lille player suffers from a small injury which should keep him out of the field for two to three weeks.

The Blues train at the end of the day at the Stade de France. Holders of the day before will be entitled to an adapted program. Saturday’s session at 6 p.m. at the Telia Parken stadium in Copenhagen should give more indications on the team that will start on Sunday. Mandanda should not start. Alban Lafont aspires to know his first selection, but Alphonse Areola seems to hold the rope after playing the second period against Austria. The world champions head to Denmark this Saturday morning.



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