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France planning to deploy Real Madrid midfielder as a makeshift left-back at World Cup

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The lead-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup had been a torrid one for reigning champions France as they kept losing one player after another to injuries.

Indeed, Les Bleus named their initial 26-man squad without key players like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba. And soon after they were forced to see the backs of Presnel Kimpembe, Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema as well.

And in their World Cup opener against Australia last night, France were struck down with yet another injury as defender Lucas Hernandez suffered from an ACL tear that has ruled him out of the tournament and the remainder of the 2022/23 season.

A versatile operator, the Bayern Munich ace had been Didier Deschamps’ go-to man for the left-back position, as was the case in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when Les Bleus went all the way. So, his injury comes as a blow for France.

The world champions have a backup player ready to take over in the form of Lucas’ brother Theo Hernandez. But the French national team do not have any further cover in the left-back position which they might need if they go deep into the tournament.

To that end, according to Le Parisien (h/t Madrid Zone), France are seriously considering deploying Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as a makeshift left-back should the need arise.

The midfielder, who turned 20 a couple of weeks ago, was called up to the World Cup squad due to the absence of players like Pogba and Kante, in order to provide some depth in the midfield department.

However, Deschamps could now turn to the former Rennes prodigy to act as a cover in the left-back slot following Lucas Hernandez’s injury.

Camavinga, throughout his career, has never played in the left-back slot as per the data collected by Transfermarkt. But it seems like the French national team staff has seen something in the Real Madrid ace to consider utilising him in such a position.

It will certainly be intriguing to see if Deschamps does follow through with that idea in the coming weeks.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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