Firstly, Laurent Koscielny has been withdrawn from the France squad that was set to play Uruguay due to a calf injury he picked up in the pre-season game on the weekend.
France boss Didier Deschamps is quoted as saying by Goal.com:
Everybody has arrived this morning and everybody is in good health.
We have a problem with Laurent Koscielny who has a problem with his calf. He will be examined this afternoon but its seems difficult to play him on Wednesday.
It’s not much of a concern to have 21 players.
I am not going to call anyone else up. Right now we have enough players in that position. Certain people aren’t here because of different reasons – also through injury.
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I will have the choice over making the best selection possible in this area. Talent has no age. Experience is not picked up over night.
It takes time, a series of games. With the withdrawal of Koscielny, three defenders are left. Two will make their debuts, which will help us take a look at them
As well as Koscielny, young Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been withdrawn from England’s friendly against Italy as he also picked up an injury against FC Koln, but instead the injury was to his ankle.
Hopefully the withdrawal of each player is more a precautionary measure as opposed to a serious matter, particularly with the Premier League commencing this weekend.
Both players are very much influential in the Arsenal team and hopefully they will make quick recoveries and feature in Arsenal’s upcoming clash against Sunderland!