Didier Deschamps said he would not hesitate to play Blaise Matuidi instead of Kingsley Coman in France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland after the Bayern Munich winger picked up a thigh injury.
Coman withdrew from Les Bleus’ XI to face Moldova on Friday after experiencing a problem during the warm-up, prompting head coach Deschamps to replace him with Matuidi for the 4-1 victory.
Coman only recently recovered from a hamstring injury and Deschamps said he would not be unnecessarily risked against Iceland on Monday.
“Kingsley felt a little problem with his back and it pulled him a little at the thigh,” Deschamps told RMC Sport. “He could not move freely.
“I’m not here to take chances. I have no problem using Blaise, who did not disrupt the collective.”
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Deschamps said Coman’s injury was less severe than that of Lucas Digne, who also pulled up with a thigh problem ahead of the clash with Moldova.
Everton full-back Digne was an unused substitute while Layvin Kurzawa played on the left side of the defence, and Deschamps said: “Kingsley seems to be less problematic than Lucas.
“Lucas felt a complication in his thigh. There is no injury but it was not possible to use him.”
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