The French national football team will play their first game since becoming world champions just over a month ago without goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris when they face Germany this week, who need to leave a good impression after their humiliating World Cup appearance.
France coach Didier Deschamps said the injured Lloris will be replaced on Thursday by Montpellier’s Benjamin Lecomte.
“Lloris is out for the next two games,” Deschamps said at a press conference Monday.
Les Bleus will face Germany in the opening match of the UEFA League of Nations, a new tournament designed primarily to replace friendly matches.
Deschamps announced his 23-man squad last week, maintaining faith in the young group that won the World Cup.
“What happens on the pitch is what counts. They did what they did and it was sublime. But now there is a new adventure in the League of Nations and then in March with the Euro 2020 qualification,” Deschamps said.
The opposite will be the German team, who were eliminated from the World Cup group stage for the first time since 1938.