- Rising star for RB Leipzig
- Expected to compete for starting spot in Qatar
- Hurt leg in training
WHAT HAPPENED? Nkunku twisted his leg awkwardly when challenging Eduardo Camavinga for the ball during Tuesday's session. The RB Leipzig forward immediately signalled he was in pain and departed the training field to receive treatment. France have since confirmed that the injury will prevent him from taking part in the tournament.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: The news is a significant blow for Les Bleus, who previously had Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante and Presnel Kimpembe ruled out of action in Qatar. Nkunku has been in splendid form for club side Leipzig this season too, scoring 12 times in 15 Bundesliga appearances.
WHAT THEY SAID?: "Injured in training, Christopher Nkunku must give up participating in the World Cup. The whole group shares Christopher's sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery," wrote the national team in a statement.
France have also confirmed that Eintracht Frankfurt forward Randal Kolo Muani has been called up to replace Nkunku, with the 23-year-old set to join up with the squad on Thursday.
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WHAT NEXT? France will now step up their preparations for their first game at the World Cup against Australia on November 22.