Paul Pogba and Raphaël Varane currently in the infirmary have a lot to worry about. If they are not operational for the first match of the French team, they will not be part of Deschamps’ list. In an interview with Brut, the coach of the Blues explains that he will not call up any injured player for the 2022 World Cup (from November 20 to December 18). The French selected to go to Qatar will have to be able to play the first match against Australia on November 22.
“It’s crisp and clear. That, I said. I have never embarked with an injured player for a major competition, even if there are some who can come up with examples from 2018 on our two full-backs who were Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibé. They were healed. After that, it’s an athletic condition. And between when I made the list and what should have happened that didn’t… there it is. But leaving for a major competition with players who are not fit already occupies far too much attention, and for those who have to play, it also monopolizes the medical staff. Me, I consider that it is necessary to leave with valid and suitable players, ”said Didier Deschamps.
In the case of Raphael Varane, the first examinations reported an unavailability of 3 weeks. As for Paul Pogba, he has resumed individual training with Juventus, but no date has been put forward for his return to competition.