France’s Christopher Nkunku out for longer than expected

L’Équipe report that the injury which has seen Christopher Nkunku withdraw from France’s World Cup squad on Tuesday is set to keep him out of action for longer than initially expected.

The Leipzig man was thought to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after the knee issue – it has now been revealed that he has suffered a ruptured ligament, which see him miss two and a half months.

The forward, who was replaced in Didier Deschamps’ 26-man squad by Randal Kolo Muani, is now a doubt for the Bundesliga restart, with his team set to face the league leaders Bayern Munich on January 20.

The 25-year-old, who leads the scoring charts in Germany with 12 goals in 15 appearances, saw his first call-up to the French senior side earlier this year, and made eight appearances for Les Bleus since. An unintentional collision in training with Eduardo Camavinga, though, has put an end to his World Cup hopes.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin

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