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Barcelona star leaves France camp with injury

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Two new players are added to France’s extended injury list ahead of World Cup.

Jules Kounde and Mike Maignan have left France’s training camp after sustaining injuries in their latest Nations League clash against Austria.

Goals from Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud secured Les Bleus’ first victory in the competition. 

However, Kounde and Maignan, who both started against Austria, won’t be available for France’s upcoming match against Denmark.

“Mike Maignan had to give up his place to Alphonse Areola at half-time in France-Austria on Thursday evening at the Stade de France, due to pain felt in the left calf,” a statement from the French Football Federation reads.

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“The Milan goalkeeper will not be able to play against Denmark on Sunday in Copenhagen. To replace him, Didier Deschamps called on Steve Mandanda. 

“Maignan will leave the group during the day, as will Jules Kounde, who is suffering from a left hamstring injury. Both players will take exams in the morning before returning to their clubs.

“Kounde will not be replaced in the group that will arrive in Copenhagen on Saturday.”

Maignan and Kounde join Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, N’Golo Kante, and Paul Pogba on France’s injury list.

Les Bleus have already missed their chance to qualify for the Nations League finals. Didier Deschamps’ side must avoid defeat against Denmark to avoid relegation to the competition’s second tier.