PARIS — Dimitri Payet was left out of France’s 23-man World Cup squad on Thursday, a day after being injured during Marseille’s Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid.
He has a thigh problem that will need at least three weeks to heal, a delay that prompted France coach Didier Deschamps to omit the former West Ham player.
Unveiling his squad on French TV, Deschamps said he had no choice but to leave out Payet.
Payet has been in impressive form with Marseille. He is the French league’s top playmaker this season with 13 assists, and claimed three goals and seven assists in the Europa League, starring in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
France, runner-up at the European Championship two years ago, opens its World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16. It meets Peru five days later and closes the group stage against Denmark on June 26.
Deschamps also named 11 reserves who won’t be joining France’s training camp next week but could be called up in case of injury.
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette were not included in the squad but are among the reserves.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has a strained relationship with Deschamps, did not make the cut.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola.
Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Adil Rami, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez.
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Blaise Matuidi, N’golo Kante, Steven N’zonzi.
Forwards: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir, Thomas Lemar.
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