There were up to 4 players absent from France’s latest trainings, only 2 days before the biggest game of the tournament.
France camp hit by virus ahead of World Cup final vs Argentina, with many key players could miss out, including Raphael Varane and Ibrahim Konate.
France camp hit by virus ahead of World Cup final
According to sources, Man United defender Varane has small symptoms of the virus and fellow defender Konate has not left his room after feeling unwell.
Earlier, the pair who has been brilliant since the start of the tournament Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot missed the semifinal win over Morocco due to sickness.
Didier Deschamps said they were taking precautions to stop a virus spreading through the squad.
“In Doha, temperatures have fallen a little bit, you have air conditioning which is on all the time,” Deschamps said after the win against Morocco.
“We’ve had a few cases of flu-like symptoms. We are trying to be careful so it doesn’t spread, and players have made great efforts out on the pitch and obviously their immune systems suffer.”
It looks likely now that Rabiot and Upamecano have recovered, and Deschamps said they could feature against Argentina on Sunday.
“Dayot will be fit. Since Saturday he wasn’t well for three days … had a fever, and that had an impact on his strength,” he said.
“Given the tough match we had, I decided not to play him and play Konate instead as he’s shown he’s good enough to play at this level.
“Rabiot was sick, was better this afternoon but not well enough, so he stayed in the hotel. We have four days to rest, so he should be better and available for Sunday.”
France camp hit by virus ahead of World Cup final- List of players missing out on latest training
- Aurélien Tchouaméni
- Raphaël Varane
- Ibrahima Konaté
- Theo Hernández
France has been in tough situation before World Cup
Injuries hit Les Bleus hard even before 2022 World Cup.
A string of players like Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez and Christopher Nkunku were ruled out of the tournament with injuries.
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