Hit in the Achilles tendon, Presnel Kimpembe will finally miss the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18). The FFF has announced that AS Monaco defender Axel Disasi will replace the Parisian in the list of 26 players called up for the World Cup.
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In a press release published this Monday morning, on its official website, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced the withdrawal of Parisian defender Presnel Kimpembe for the World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18). The defender and vice-captain of AS Monaco, Axel Disasi is expected at Clairefontaine during the day to meet the staff of the Blues. A reward for the native of Val-d'Oise, as he has been performing well under the orders of Philippe Clement for more than a year.
“Insufficiently recovered, Presnel Kimpembe will not participate in the World Cup. Presnel Kimpembe will not participate in the World Cup. The Paris-SG defender does not consider himself sufficiently recovered to be able to hold his place in the defense of the Blues in Qatar. This decision was taken this morning, in Clairefontaine, after an exchange between the player and the doctor of the French team, Dr Franck Le Gall, then between the player and Didier Deschamps. The staff of the French team salutes the honesty of Presnel and wishes him to regain all of his physical means as soon as possible. Didier Deschamps has decided, to replace Presnel Kimpembé, to call on Axel Disasi. The AS Monaco defender is expected during the day at Clairefontaine”, is it written in the press release from the FFF. A surprise signed Didier Deschamps
While he has never played a single meeting with the Blues, Axel Disasi will participate, at the end of 2022, in his first major competition with the French team. Author of a solid season in Monaco, the 24-year-old defender was therefore preferred to certain other candidates such as Mohamed Simakan, Pierre Kalulu, Benoît Badiashile, Clément Lenglet or Kurt Zouma, who were all (mostly) recently called up by Didier Deschamps during friendly matches or posters in the League of Nations or in the case of the Milanese, with France Olympique for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The announcement of the absence of Presnel Kimpembe implies a new question, less than a week before the start of the World Cup in Qatar: who will form the French central hinge with Raphael Varane? If Jules Koundé leaves with a clear advantage, we will have to watch the cases of William Saliba who is making a thunderous start to the season in the jersey of Arsenal in the Premier League, or even Dayot Upamecano, holder with Bayern Munich who already has an oiled relationship. with Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. Back from injury, Ibrahima Konaté still seems too fair to claim a starting place at the World Cup.