Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been included in the latest France squad despite currently struggling with a back injury, the French Football Federation have confirmed.
Koscielny was ruled out of our Premier League clash against Liverpool and Wenger revealed on Thursday that he is also a major doubt for our this weekend’s game at Newcastle United (via the Mirror).
However, France have still included him in their squad for the upcoming friendlies against Portugal and Serbia next month. Given that they’re only friendly matches with Les Bleus already qualified as host for next summer’s championships, Wenger may feel slightly irate regarding Koscielny’s inclusion.
Especially considering the fact that Didier Deschamps doesn’t consider him as his first choice defender, with Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho favoured to partner Raphael Varane.
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Without sounding like a medical expert, back injuries are usually some of the most sensitive in football and suffering a recurrence may only take a slight tweak.
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Hopefully, as is often the case, France have included Koscielny in order for him to be assessed by their own doctors and the 29-year-old will be sent back to us in order for him to resume his recovery.
Check out the full squad below, with Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud also included.