Thu 27 October 2022 | 15:36

Deschamps insists he won’t take injured players to the World Cup

France national team manager Didier Deschamps insists he will not be taking any injured players to the World Cup.

Just 24 days before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, Didier Deschamps announced that all the players should prove they are fit to play and he will not be taking any unfit players to Qatar.

Paul Pogba has not played for Juventus this season due to injuries, and Raphael Varane also got injured this week and will not play for Manchester United before the World Cup.

It has been announced that N'Golo Kanté will miss the World Cup and Wesley Fofana also is out of action due to injury.

"It's absolutely clear,"

Deschamps said in an interview with the French website Brut.

"I've never embarked on a big competition with an injured player, even if there are some who can come up with examples from 2018 with our full-backs who were Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe.

"They were healed. After that, it's about athletic condition. And between the time I made the list and what should have happened, that didn't happen… there you go.

"But leaving for a big competition with players who are not ready, already it occupies too much attention, and for those who have to play, it also monopolises the medical staff. I consider that we must leave with valid and capable players.”

In August Paul Pogba said that he has been the target of extortion and threats by his brother Mathias and childhood friends. Mathias Pogba and four others were charged by the police.

"That it's been a very difficult moment for him, yes,"

Deschamps said.

"I talk to him regularly. He's someone who has a big mentality. Obviously, relating to his injury, it's not easy to manage. But psychologically, he's fine."

France who won the 2018 World Cup will play with Australia, Denmark, and Tunisia in Qatar.

source: SportMob

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