2022 World Cup: Mixed Reactions As Football Fans Express Their Thoughts Following Camavinga’s Tackle on Nkunku

2022 World Cup: Mixed Reactions As Football Fans Express Their Thoughts Following Camavinga’s Tackle on Nkunku

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
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  • France will be without RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after he suffered an unspecified injury in training
  • Nkunku was expected to play a big role in Les Bleus' World Cup defence after scoring an impressive 42 goals for Leipzig since the start of the 2021/22 campaign
  • The 25-year-old limped out of training after Eduardo Camavinga clattered into his international team-mate

Football fans across the globe have been left with a major heartache with just four days left to the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

This year's edition of the Mundial has been rocked with notable absentees, who have been robbed of a chance to feature at the greatest sporting spectacle across the face of the earth.

Among the high-profile list of absentees are mercurial Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, industrious defensive midfield kingpin N'Golo Kante and Borussia Dortmund talisman Marco Reus, who will be missing his fourth consecutive major tournament.

Eduardo Camavinga, Christopher Nkunku, France, injury
Christopher Nkunku picked up a late injury in training following a collision with Eduardo Camavinga. Photo credit: @equipedefrance
Source: Twitter

Following the announcements of the 26-man contingent of the participating countries in this year's festival, many would have thought that an athletes' anathema and injuries would have sympathy on the players set to grab the attention of the world for the next four weeks.

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However, France, who have already been dealt a severe blow by injuries, have received yet another soccer punch on the back of a heart-aching injury to RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku, Mirror reports.

Nkunku, who was named France coach Didier Deschamps' 26-man squad for the tournament, picked up a late injury during Les Bleus' training session at their Clairefontaine training base.

The 25-year-old forward, who is currently leading the goal scorer's chart in the Bundesliga, appeared to be caught by a 50-50 challenge from budding Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

Below are some of the opinions of football fans after the heartbreaking footage of Nkunku's injury emerged:

A worried Barcelona fan, @Debskie_Tobi, wrote:

"Camavinga just took his teammate out of the World Cup squad. In anything he does let him not touch Dembele abeg."

Another fan, @aaryanpriv deemed Camavinga's challenge as intentional:

"Camavinga doing everything to get minutes huh!"

@ViniciusJr_Team on the other hand defended the Madrid midfielder:

"Camavinga and Nkunku their collision: as you can clearly see it’s not Camavinga's fault."

@hamhed23 tweeted:

"No way Camavinga ruined a young players dream of going to the World Cup . Poor Nkunku."

@janufooty added:

"It's not Camavinga'a fault even if he tore a hole through Nkunku's shin while going for that ball in a split second 1v1 duel. It's a contact sport, both players are equally as liable to be injured."

Nkunku picks late injury

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku's World Cup dreams have been shattered after picking up a leg injury in training on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old had already been named in Didier Deschamps' squad ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

However, he appeared to be caught by a 50-50 challenge from Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga at Les Blues’ Clairefontaine training base.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.