Those around him were not optimistic. We now know why. Benjamin Pavard, injured with Inter Milan on Saturday against Atalanta, suffers from a dislocation of the patella of his left knee. Verdict: three to four weeks of immobilization. The Northerner will therefore not appear in Didier Deschamps' list unveiled on Thursday for the matches against Gibraltar and Greece (November 18 and 21). A hard blow for the main person concerned, who was impatiently waiting to return to the French team after his good performance, in his favorite position, against Scotland, where he notably scored a double (3-0).
Facing his loved ones, Benjamin Pavard pulled out all the stops when Didier Deschamps refocused him in the axis of defense. “Everyone saw that central defender is my best position,” he said after the meeting, without hiding a certain smile. Author of a brilliant and accomplished performance, he scored points in a sector of the game where competition is the fiercest (Upamecano, L. Hernandez, Konaté, Lukeba, Todibo, Kimpembe, Fofana, Badiashile...). Obviously, the meetings against Gibraltar and Greece, synonymous with the last meeting with the French team this year, figured in his medium-term objectives. Missed. To replace him, the Blues coach is spoiled for choice.
SEE ALSO – Pavard’s double during France-Scotland on October 17 (4-1)