Kounde, Maignan to miss Denmark trip as France’s injury list grows

Kounde, Maignan to miss Denmark trip as France’s injury list grows

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said defender Jules Kounde and goalkeeper Mike Maignan will miss Sunday’s Nations League trip to Denmark after picking up injuries in their 2-0 win over Austria.

Kounde was replaced by William Saliba in the 23rd minute, while Maignan played until halftime before being substituted for Alphonse Areola in the second half at Stade de France.

“Jules had a hamstring problem and Mike (had) a calf muscle problem. Deschamps stated that they will not be available to play in Sunday’s match in Denmark.

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More than a dozen France players are injured, with striker Karim Benzema, keeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Paul Pogba among the key absentees.

“The players are under a lot of pressure with the succession of matches. Deschamps said that there are also psychological demands.

“We are losing two more players … Two more is a lot. If I could have any, it would be perfect. “

France, who are third in their Nations League group with five points from as many games, begin the defence of their World Cup title in Qatar against Australia on Nov. 22.

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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