France are anticipated to be with out each Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne for his or her Euro 2020 final 16 conflict in opposition to Switzerland on Monday, which can drive coach Didier Deschamps into an emergency reshuffle to cowl the outlet their absence leaves at left-back.
Hernandez had already missed France’s second Group F sport in opposition to Hungary with a knee drawback and lasted solely 45 minutes of the crunch fixture in opposition to Portugal. Digne changed him at half-time however was himself pressured off with damage only some minutes into the second half.
French broadcaster RMC has reported that scans have revealed no long-term considerations about both Hernandez or Digne, which ought to imply each are match to return later within the event – if France progress. For now, nonetheless, neither is more likely to characteristic in opposition to Switzerland in Bucharest.
Each gamers will proceed to be assessed every day, however for neither to be utterly dominated out is alleged to be extra promising information than the French camp have been initially anticipating.
The problem for Deschamps might be discovering applicable cowl at left-back in opposition to the Swiss.
Adrien Rabiot changed Digne on the pitch in opposition to Portugal and could be thought of a contender to fill in, whereas Presnel Kimpembe is left-footed and has very often performed at left-back up to now. Nevertheless, the PSG man has began each sport at centre-back and transferring him out of the center might trigger extra disruption than discovering another left-back.
Proper-backs Benjamin Pavard and Leo Dubois are each versatile sufficient to quickly play on the left, whether or not which means Dubois comes straight into the staff at left-back or Pavard switches to the left and is then changed on the appropriate by both Dubois or Jules Kounde.
Pavard was really ignored of the 2-2 draw with Portugal following considerations over his performances in opposition to Germany and Hungary, which can have been the results of knocks in each video games.
Though naturally a centre-back, Kounde changed him within the lineup in opposition to Portugal to make solely the second look of his senior worldwide profession.