World Cup 2018: France confirm Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the tournament in Russia

Koscielny was stretchered off on Thursday against Atletico

Saturday 05 May 2018 12:03
It is thought the injury is a ruptured Achilles
It is thought the injury is a ruptured Achilles

France have confirmed that Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup this summer because of the suspected ruptured Achilles he suffered during Arsenal's Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid.

The French Football Federation confirmed on Friday evening that the centre-back would not be able to play in Russia.

"It's a very big blow for the France team," coach Didier Deschamps said on

The defender was carried off on a stretcher early on during the 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The 32-year-old lost his footing while moving towards Diego Costa off the ball and was in obvious distress as he clutched his lower leg.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealed after the game that he feared the worst for Koscielny, who has been nursing an Achilles problem for most of the season.

Koscielny, who has 51 caps, had already announced he planned to retire from international football after the World Cup.

Deschamps added: "I am really very sad for Laurent, because this World Cup was also a very important moment for him in his career and I wish him a lot of strength in his comeback, because I'm sure he still has some great things to come."

France will face Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C at the World Cup, with their first game - against the Socceroos - scheduled for June 16.

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