Laurent Koscielny’s chances of selection for France’s World Cup squad have been given a huge boost after L’Equipe claimed the centre-back will not face further punishment for his red card in Kiev during the first leg of France’s play-off with Ukraine.
Koscielny was sent off for a slap on Oleksandr Kucher (and subsequent argy-bargy) in injury-time of the 2-0 defeat and was banned from the return leg in which his teammates overcame the deficit to secure a place in Brazil.
Last week L’Equipe ran a story predicting Didier Deschamps squad for this summer’s showpiece tournament tipping Bacary Sagna and Olivier Giroud as ‘definite’ to travel but downgrading Koscielny to a ‘maybe’ given a potential extended ban. Thankfully for the Arsenal man he’s not been treated in the same way as Wayne Rooney, who missed the first two games of Euro 2012 following a retrospective punishment for a sending off in qualification.
The draw for the World Cup takes place on 8 December.