France’s build up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup has been dominated by well-documented off the field issues and negative headlines.
But Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus side head into this month’s Nations League games against Austria and Denmark with a wealth of talent unavailable.
With just two points from their opening four Nations League games, the World Cup and Nations League holders are at risk of being relegated in Europe’s international competition.
HITC Sport has put together a star-studded France XI that won’t feature in this month’s Nations League matches.
Star-studded France XI that won’t feature in this month’s Nations League
Ibrahima Konate – The two-time France international, who made the move to Liverpool last summer from RB Leipzig, is currently sidelined with a knee injury and is yet to feature for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
Presnel Kimpembe – The Paris Saint Germain defender was ruled out for six weeks earlier this month having suffered a hamstring injury.
Theo Hernandez – Like Lloris, the pacey attack-minded AC Milan also picked out of the France squad after picking up an abductor problem.
N’Golo Kante – France’s midfield enforcer is currently out with a hamstring injury which he picked up against Tottenham last month.
Paul Pogba – After re-joining Juventus from Manchester United, Pogba is a serious doubt for the World Cup having undergone surgery after suffering a meniscus injury.
Adrien Rabiot – Like his Old Lady teammate Pogba, Rabiot, who looked set to join Manchester United this summer before the move fell through, also misses out for Les Bleus.
Kingsley Coman – The electric Bayern Munich forward wasn’t available for selection as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Anthony Martial – After impressing upon his return against Liverpool, Manchester United’s number nine has missed the Red Devils’ last five games with an Achilles problem.
Karim Benzema – Real Madrid’s main man wasn’t available having suffered a muscle injury on the half hour mark of Los Blancos’ Champions League clash at Celtic.