Bad news for France’s Samuel Umtiti & Djibril Sidibé before Australia

Bad news for France’s Samuel Umtiti & Djibril Sidibé before Australia

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Djibril Sidibe

Bad news for France’s Samuel Umtiti & Djibril Sidibé before Australia






According to L’Équipe France could be without both Samuel Umtiti & Djibril Sidibé for their opening World Cup game vs Australia this Saturday.

The duo missed training yesterday with knee problems and as a result, they could well be sidelined this Saturday.

Umtiti & Sidibé

Umtiti had an excellent 2017/18 season for FC Barcelona. The Frenchman was a key member of their defence which conceded just 29 goals in 28 league games.

The defender played 40 games in all competitions for Barcelona last season and showed himself to be both a solid defender and also a great passer of the ball.

However, Umtiti also had injury problems for Barcelona last season. He missed 12 games for Barcelona through injuries and it now seems those injuries have returned to cost France arguably their best centre-back for their opening game.

Sidibé much like Umtiti was a key member of his clubs 2017/18 campaign. The right-back played 27 league games for Monaco in which he scored two and assisted eight, a very impressive goal contribution record for a right-back.

Sidibé also helped guide Monaco to a second place finish in Ligue 1 and to the third-best defence in the league for the 2017/18 season.

However, France now also look to be without their main right-back for the start of the World Cup.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MARCH 04: Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on March 4, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Replacements

Despite losing two key defenders already, France’s World Cup squad has such depth that Sidibé and Umtiti’s replacements are still top quality.

The duo likely to replace Sidibé and Umtiti will be Benjamin Pavard and Presnel Kimpembe.

Benjamin Pavard is a central defender who plays in Germany for Stuttgart. The 22-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and is tipped to be a world-class centre-back in the future.

Pavard played 34 league games last season and despite being a centre-back by trait, he can play right-back and will be the likely replacement for Sidibé.

Kimpembe, on the other hand, will probably replace Umtiti vs Australia.

Kimpembe played 28 league games last season for PSG in their title-winning season and showed that at just 22 he is a top centre-back.

Of course, Kimpembe is not quite on Umtiti’s level yet but he certainly isn’t a bad replacement.

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June 12, 2018 at 03:35AM

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