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Randal Kolo Muani replaces Christopher Nkunku in France’s FIFA World Cup squad

Didier Deschamps was dealt with a major blow after in-form attacking player Christopher Nkunku picked up an injury ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 during a training session. However, the French manager had a plethora of options to choose from and he went with Randal Kolo Muani to join the 23-man squad.

Nkunku sustained an injury during the training session with the French national team, where he seemed to have collided with midfielder Eduardo Camavinga. The news of his departure from the squad was made official on Tuesday and the replacement was named inside 24 hours. 

Nkunku, who made a whopping 33 goal contributions in Bundesliga last season (20 goals and 13 assists), is off to a flying start in 2022-23 as well. He scored 12 times in 15 matches in the league, to go with three goals in the Champions League. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old attacker, the dream of representing his country at the World Cup got torn apart. 

Muani was with Japan as a part of Frankfurt’s training camp and friendlies but will be heading to Qatar instantly to join the French squad. He is a like-for-like replacement for Nkunku, although the RB Leipzig star has been in far too sensational form over the last few seasons for his miss to not be a blow for the side.

Muani represents Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga and has been one of the stars of the season having scored five goals and assisted nine times in the league. The 23-year-old has made 23 appearances across all competitions this season, taking his incredible goal contribution tally to eight goals and 11 assists. 

Didier Deschamps eyes a unique record of becoming the first manager since Vitorrio Pozzo to lead his country to two consecutive World Cup triumphs. Pozzo achieved it with the Italian team back in 1934 and 1938. 

But the manager will be missing a few key players from the 2018 campaign, which includes midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, alongside defender Presnel Kimpembe. 

The FIFA World Cup 2022 begins on November 20.