Blues: Mandanda back

Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:11 p.m.

As the massacre continues with the Blues, with two new injuries Thursday against Austria, Steve Mandanda was called to the rescue by Didier Deschamps.

If the Blues stopped relegation to the League of Nations by winning 2-0 against Austria Thursday evening at the Stade de France, they still lost new players to injury. A real slaughter, since after the packages of Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Adrien Rabiot, Boubacar Kamara, Hugo Lloris, Théo Hernandez and Lucas Digne, two new elements were injured in Saint -Denis. Jules Koundé, hit in the left thigh, had to be replaced by William Saliba in the 23rd minute of play. And Mike Maignan, substitute for Hugo Lloris, was taken out at the break due to calf discomfort , giving way to Alphonse Aréola. Two players already guaranteed to be absent on Sunday in Denmark for the last match of the League of Nationswhich is also the final preparatory meeting for the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18).

And if the Barcelona defender, hit in the left hamstring, will not be replaced for this trip to Copenhagen, Maignan will be. “To replace him, Didier Deschamps has called on Steve Mandanda. The Rennes goalkeeper is expected at midday in Enghien-les-Bains”, announced the FFF on Friday in a press release. A return for the experienced porter (37 years old), spent this summer from OM at Stade Rennais. The one who has 34 selections for the France team, the last in November 2020 during a friendly match against Finland at the Stade de France (0-2), had been shortlisted for this September rally.. And while the Nantes player Alban Lafont had been preferred to him in the inaugural list of “DD”, Mandanda had mentioned a possible return to the Blues last week. “A hope of coming back? I don’t know. Honestly, until this question, I don’t necessarily ask myself. It’s always an honor to be in the France team, it would be if I’m there, but now it’s not the most important thing either. I know that to be able to find this group, I have to perform well with my club, that’s what I try to do, and then we’ll see.”

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