L’Équipe report today that Raphaël Varane’s injury problems mean the Manchester United man is set to miss out on France’s opening game of the World Cup against Australia on Tuesday evening, with Didier Deschamps set to deploy a defensive partnership of Ibrahima Konaté and Dayot Upamecano.
The former Leipzig teammates were originally expected to compete for the left-sided centre-back spot – with Presnel Kimpembe having had to withdraw due to injury himself – however, they now find themselves in line for a start together. The Liverpool man is set to start on the left, while Upamecano will line up on the right.
In his press conference appearance this week, Konaté explained that he did have experience playing alongside the Bayern Munich man. He added that he would be happy to play anywhere, even if his preferred position was on the right sde of central defense, but that he did put in some good performances on the left last season.
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin