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Mike Maignan confident of 2022 World Cup place despite fitness concerns

France's goalkeeper Mike Maignan warms up ahead of the UEFA Nations League, League A Group 1 football match between France and Austria at Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on September 22, 2022.

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan is confident of his place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to RMC Sport.

Deschamps will reveal his 26-man squad for the tournament in a television appearance on tonight’s evening news in France.

Maignan has been out with a calf injury for weeks now. However, he is getting closer to full fitness and assured of his place in the squad.

There was a fear that Maignan would not be fit for the showpiece in Qatar, but he has worked hard to seal an early return.

The 27-year-old first picked up the injury during the September international break.

Due to the injury, Milan were without one of their better performers from their Scudetto-winning campaign last season.

The Rossoneri have had to use Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, and while he has been serviceable, he is no Maignan.

Maignan has reportedly spoken with the France staff and is confident that he will hear his name tonight.

The 2020/21 Ligue 1 title-winner with LOSC Lille will provide competition for Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris, the first-choice keeper.

West Ham United’s Alphonse Areola would have been the second choice, while Ligue 1 veteran Steve Mandanda was also in contention.

Apart from Maignan, the French medical staff are also worried about Karim Benzema’s fitness heading into the tournament.

Reports from Spain and France concede that the Ballon d’Or winner will not play again for Real Madrid before the tournament.

It is particularly worrying that the Madrid captain will lack match fitness and sharpness. However, he will take a spot on the plane to Qatar.

The main call for Deschamps is in midfield, with the trusted duo of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante ruled out.

The 54-year-old must choose two of Mateo Guendouzi, Boubacar Kamar, Youssouf Fofana, Jordan Veretout, and Eduardo Camavinga. Aurelien Tchouameni and Adrien Rabiot are sure of their places.

Deschamps has another late call with Marseille wing-back Jonathan Clauss ruled out. The France manager could return to using Benjamin Pavard and Jules Kounde as wing-backs.

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