OFFICIAL: French boss Deschamps has decided to call up Muani to replace injured Nkunku
Didier Deschamps has decided to call up the Eintracht Frankfurt striker to replace that of RB Leipzig.
The FIFA Medical Committee has endorsed the withdrawal of Christopher Nkunku due to injury so that Didier Deschamps was able to call up a player to replace him.
The national coach has decided to call on Randal Kolo Muani.
The Eintracht Frankfurt striker, currently in Japan with his club, will join the French team in Doha on Thursday morning.
The French Football Federation thanks Eintracht Frankfurt for its cooperation.
The RB Leipzig forward was seen colliding with Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga in training and immediately clutching his knee after. Later it emerged that he would miss the tournament due to a knee sprain.
Didier Deschamps has elected to take fellow Bundesliga forward Randal Kolo Muani instead, as per Marca, who plies his trade with Eintracht Frankfurt. Kolo Muani moved to Eintracht this past summer from Nantes, and has already scored 8 goals and given 11 assists in the 23 games he has appeared in.
So far he has two caps to his name, but has been receiving admiring glances for some time in France. Last season at Nantes, he managed 20 goal contributions in 41 games.
While usually the back-up forward does not play too much of a role, Karim Benzema’ s fitness issues may allow him more game time than expected. Benzema has played just 30 minutes since the 19th of October.