Jules Koundé and Mike Maignan out through injury against Austria

French defender Jules Koundé injured his left thigh in the League of Nations against Austria, Thursday in Saint-Denis, and had to give up his place like Mike Maignan, embarrassed with a calf and replaced at halftime.

Physical problems continue to accumulate over the head of coach Didier Deschamps, already deprived of many players for this first gathering of the season, the last before the World Cup in November in Qatar.

Koundé, 23, suffered a left hamstring injury (back of the thigh), said the tricolor coaching.

The FC Barcelona player sat down on the lawn of the Stade de France and removed his shin guards before the trainers entered the field. The doctor of the Blues, Franck Le Gall, helped him to get up and the change was recorded. William Saliba replaced him in the 23rd minute.

Goalkeeper N.1 in the absence of Hugo Lloris, package in September, Maignan was replaced at half-time by Alphonse Areola after feeling a “little pain” in the left calf, according to the staff.

Two months before the World Cup in Qatar, the France team is hit by a wave of injuries. Captain Hugo Lloris is missing, like Presnel Kimpembe, brothers Theo and Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Kingsley Coman and Karim Benzema.


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