CHRISTOPHER NKUNKU’S World Cup hopes are hanging in the balance after he sustained an injury in France training.
The RB Leipzig star limped out of Les Bleus’ session at their Clairefontaine base after being on the end of a late challenge.
Training footage obtained by French outlet RMC Sport appears to show Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga inadvertently catching Nkunku late in a 50-50 tackle.
The attacker immediately shows his discomfort, sitting on the ground and shaking his hand at the pain.
Nkunku appeared to be caught on the ankle – putting his hopes of playing in Qatar in jeopardy.
He is set to undergo medical tests tonight, but is confident that he will be able to take part in the tournament.
The French squad are set to fly out to the Middle East tomorrow.
France get their World Cup campaign underway with a clash against Australia next Tuesday in Al Wakrah.
A match against Denmark will follow that Saturday, before they round off their Group D campaign with a game vs Tunisia on November 30.
Should he be fit, Nkunku will get his first taste of tournament football.
The 25-year-old only made his international debut earlier this year, earning eight caps to date.
Nkunku is expected to join Chelsea next year, with reports claiming that the Blues have struck a “verbal agreement” with RB Leipzig for his transfer.
Since moving from PSG he has scored 64 goals in 159 appearances for the German side, assisting a further 51.
France boss Didier Deschamps has already had to tinker with his squad.
After initially only naming 25 players, Deschamps decided to call up Marcus Thuram as his 26th man.
Following an injury to Presnel Kimpembe, he also opted to call-up uncapped Monaco defender Axel Disasi.