In a twist of fate for the French national team, Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga suffered a knee injury training on Wednesday ahead of the France's Euro 2024 qualifier against Gibraltar next Saturday. Will his absence mean a debut in the starting XI for PSG wunderkind Warren Zaire-Emery?
During a practice session led by Didier Deschamps, Camavinga sustained a knee injury after a duel with Ousmane Dembele, prompting concerns about his availability for the matches scheduled throughout the ongoing international break.
The midfielder let the medical staff know about the issue and soon after left the field limping, according to those reporting from the training ground. Although initially downplayed, it was revealed that Camavinga would leave the France team returning for further examinations in Madrid.
With Aurelien Tchouaméni already sidelined due to a foot injury, Deschamps faces a shortage of alternatives in the midfield all of a sudden. His options will be limited to using Boubacar Kamara or the 17-year-old newcomer, Warren Zaire-Emery of PSG.
The Parisian prodigy was always expected to make his debut with the senior French team in the next few days, but this unexpected injury could mean doing so while starting a match, perhaps as soon as next Saturday against Gibraltar in Nice.
Even if he doesn't make the starting XI, Zaire-Emery, at just 17 years and 8 months of age, would become the youngest player to debut with the senior France team since World War II, surpassing the record set by Camavinga himself.
With France's qualification for Euro 2024 already in the bag, these remaining qualifying matches are seen as akin to friendlies, providing a potential opportunity for Zaire-Emery to make a significant impact if only in the record books of the European nation.