Jules kounde started for France in the Nations League tie against Austria, He didn’t last long on the pitch though, getting substituted in the 23rd minute by Saliba. The initial diagnosis doesn’t reveal anything serious injury, though it did seem worse when the centre-back left the pitch touching the back of his left thigh.
According to @fansjavimiguel, this type of hamstring injury which Jules Koundé has suffered takes around 3-4 weeks to recover. He will undergo further tests tomorrow, following which the exact extent will be known.
It should also be noted that he was still able to walk on his own. He went down in the 20th minute of the match, signalling the bench to take him out.
A complete diagnosis is necessary to access how long he is going to be out. This could have a big impact given Barca’s packed October schedule.
According to RAC 1, the injury could be serious and could even be a hamstring tear. Although an official statement is yet to be made.
Ousmane Dembélé came in during the 78th minute, playing a part in the game as well. He as well ended up with discomfort in his calf. Let’s see if it is just a scare, or if the injury is something more serious.
Netherlands duo left the game with pain
The French NT wasn’t the only one where players from FC Barcelona left with injury scares. It was also the case in the Netherlands game. Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay both had to leave the field in Thursday’s win over Poland. It looks like Frenkie’s case was just a precaution due to an overload.
Memphis had to leave in the second half and may be set for some time on the sidelines. Memphis is expected to return to Barcelona now for tests on a hamstring problem and will surely be frustrated at the prospect of more time on the sidelines.
After the game, Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal said:
“It’s a shame that Memphis had to go off with this injury, it doesn’t look good… I don’t see him playing against Belgium,”
“Frenkie de Jong was taken off out of precaution. He was feeling tension in his muscles which is why I took him off. But Frenkie knows his own body well and believes he can play on Saturday.”
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