Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Injured Payet ruled out of World Cup with France

Injured Payet ruled out of World Cup with France

Payet suffered a muscle injury during Wednesday's Europa League final, which Marseille lost 3-0 to Atletico Madrid.

France coach Didier Deschamps who captained the team to World Cup glory on home soil in 98′ was able to pick from an embarrassment of riches, as he bids to win the trophy for the second time.

Unveiling his squad on French TV, Deschamps said he had no choice but to leave out Payet.

"He was a serious candidate for a place in the 23 but for this kind of injury it's usually three weeks of recovery", Deschamps told reporters. But as it is muscular, there is a significant risk of further issues.

That doesn't even factor in Benzema, who has been shunned by the national team due to off-field issues since 2015, Marseille star Dimitri Payet, who was sadly injured in his team's last game of the season, ruling him out for the Cup, or Aymeric Laporte, the defender who Manchester City paid £57 million ($102.6 AUD) for just a few months ago.

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The biggest surprise came with the inclusion of Sevilla's holding midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who was preferred to Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot.

"And Adrien's performances with France are not at the same level as those he delivered with PSG this season".

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris is expected to start in goal in front of a back line that features La Liga standouts Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane and Lucas Hernandez.

Deschamps also named 11 reserves who won't be joining France's training camp next week but could be called up in case of injury.

Olympique de Marseille forward Dimitri Payet has been ruled out of the World Cup because of injury, France's coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday when he named his 23-man squad for the tournament in Russian Federation.

Giroud is selected as one of Deschamps' strikers having featured regularly in qualifying and scored four goals as France topped their group.

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