Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out of France’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The defender had been called up to France’s squads for their games against Bulgaria and Belarus.

However, according to journalist, Mohamed Bouhafsi, Koscielny will now miss those games.

Koscielny missed the 2-0 win over Brighton due to an Achilles injury and this latest setback is more than a little concerning.

The 31-year-old has chronic tendinitis in both his feet and admitted back in May that he has to manage the injury every day to ensure he can play for Arsenal and France.

The condition was diagnosed in 2014 and has been responsible for many of the games Koscielny has missed for cub and country since.

Although he and Arsenal are doing their best to manage the injury, the high load of games that are played means that he requires periods of rest.

He had managed to play in every Premier League game so far this until the game against Brighton.

Although Koscielny will not play for France, Arsene Wenger expects him to be fit for Arsenal’s trip to Watford. However, he also said that Koscielny was a only a ‘doubt’ for the game against Brighton and would face a fitness test before missing training altogether.

France shouldn’t need him for their games against Bulgaria and Belarus, and hopefully Koscielny will be fit enough to play for Arsenal in the Premier League when it returns.

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