Kante and Tolisso

Kante and Tolisso out of France squad while Guendouzi and Rabiot in

For this month’s three World Cup qualifiers, France replaced injured midfielders N’Golo Kante and Corentin Tolisso with Matteo Guendouzi and Adrien Rabiot on Wednesday.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is still recovering from a left ankle ailment, while Bayern Munich’s Tolisso has a “muscular problem in the left calf,” according to the French Football Federation.

After three rounds of play, Les Bleus are in first place in Group C.

They begin a week of matches on Wednesday in Strasbourg against Bosnia and Herzegovina, before travelling to Kiev to face second-placed Ukraine on Saturday and hosting Finland in Lyon on September 7.

Guendouzi and Rabiot will not play on Wednesday and will join the squad in Strasbourg the following day.

Didier Deschamps did not initially call up Rabiot since he was not in the Juventus roster for their Serie A season opener, but he started against Empoli on Saturday after the France selection was announced.

Guendouzi was called up twice by Deschamps in 2019, but he was not selected. The Arsenal loanee has had a fantastic start to the season at Marseille, where he scored against Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

Paul Pogba and Thomas Lemar, as well as uncapped arrivals Jordan Veretout and Aurelien Tchouameni, remain as midfield options for Deschamps for Wednesday’s meeting.

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