Didier Deschamps leaves “the door open” to Maignan, Varane and Pogba before the 2022 World Cup

Asked by AFP on Tuesday, less than a month before the World Cup (November 20-December 18, 2022), Didier Deschamps recalled that “the door remained open” for Raphaël Varane and Mike Maignan, injured in recent days and still uncertain for Qatar.

The only one for whom the door is closed is N’Golo Kanté

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Before revealing his list for the World Cup on November 9, the coach recalled that he would not call a player “who is unable to play the start of the competition“, November 22 against Australia, while maintaining the hope of several convalescing players.”The only one for whom the door is closed is N’Golo Kanté. For the others, it will be necessary to see the evolution of their injuries“, he explained.

Didier Deschamps has already lost his indefatigable midfielder N’Golo Kanté, suffered hamstrings and was unavailable for four months, and crosses his fingers that Paul Pogba, one of his privileged relays in the team, recovers in time from his serious injury to the right knee. If he follows his recovery program on time, the midfielder of Juventus Turin is however likely to be on the trip to Doha, like Lucas Hernandez, another injured on the return with Bayern Munich. PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe is also hoped for quickly.

It’s case by case, underlined Didier Deschamps. Pour Paul (Pogba) that he has playing time before the competition, as much as possible, I say yes, because he is in deficit compared to the others. For Raphael (Varane), it’s less problematic on that aspect, because it’s a muscle injury. There are different stages. The first, which is essential, is that the player be cured. Afterwards, you have to assess the athletic condition, with the medical staff and the data you have. And thirdly, there is competition for the position. We cannot make generalizations.”

These proposals seem a little less categorical than in September, when “DD” had assured that any injured who had not been recovered remained at home, regardless of their status. It remains to be seen whether Didier Deschamps will be able to tick the names of Raphaël Varane, Paul Pogba and Mike Maignan in his list of globalists, made public on November 9, and transmitted to FIFA in its final version five days later.

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