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France boss Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup this summer.
Koscielny sustained a horror Achilles injury in the 12th minute of Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening.
The centre-back was seen writhing around on the floor in agony at the Wanda Metropolitano and Arsene Wenger feared the worst for his compatriot.
Asked about Koscielny’s injury, Deschamps said: ‘It’s a very big blow for the French team. An injury never comes at the right time.
‘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 strength and a good return to the field because I’m sure he still has some great things to show.’
Wenger admitted that he was hoping for a ‘miracle’ regarding Koscielny’s injury in the aftermath of Arsenal’s defeat in Madrid.
‘His Achilles is… You can always hope for a miracle in the scan that he will have but the first signs don’t look very good,’ Wenger said. ‘You will know that more soon. It looks like it could be that.
‘I’m a bit cautious [about confirming that] because nobody could say that without looking at it clinically.’ On Koscielny’s World Cup hopes, he concluded:
‘That depends on the scan, if he has a ruptured Achilles his chances are non-existent. We will know more after the scan.’