As reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan manager Stefano Pioli has announced in his press conference today that goalkeeper Mike Maignan will be sidelined through injury until the start of 2023, bringing an end to the French international’s hopes of making the World Cup squad.
The former Lille man had picked up the calf issue in the last international break which ruled him out for most of last month. That injury has resurfaced in training this week, just as Maignan was gearing up to make his return to action against Monza this weekend.
The 27-year-old came off at half-time in the win over Austria and was replaced by Alphonse Areola. Taking his place in the France squad was the veteran Steve Mandanda, now of Rennes after leaving Marseille this summer.
Since earning his first call-up in his breakthrough, title-winning campaign at Lille, the French Guyana native has earned five caps for Les Bleus.