Three players are or have been ill in recent days. Worrying before the World Cup final against Leo Messi’s Argentina on Sunday?
Special envoy to Al-Khor
Is it serious doctor ? The French Football Federation (FFF) was reassuring on Tuesday, the day before France-Morocco in the World Cup semi-finals, saying that Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot were simply “spared“. That’s why they didn’t participate in the pre-match training session. “They stay indoors“, had added the” 3F “. Except that the two players, suffering, were finally missing on Tuesday at the Al-Bayt stadium. Never mind, the Blues disposed of the Atlas Lions (2-0) and punched their ticket for the final. Substitute for his former comrade in Leipzig, Ibrahima Konaté was strong. Youssouf Fofana, a little less in the middle. “Adri is sick, but it doesn’t matter. I hope he will be available for the final», Launches the first tricolor scorer of the meeting, Theo Hernandez, for France-Argentina on Sunday afternoon (4 p.m.), in Lusail. “We think of him and this victory is also for him“, swears Randal Kolo Muani, who was responsible for breaking a few seconds after coming into play, his first goal in Blue.
That’s not all: if the former Nantes player came into play, it was because Didier Deschamps could not count on Kingsley Coman, who “felt restless in the afternoon” Wednesday. The Bayern player was nevertheless on the bench, like Upamecano, attacked after England (2-1) and “not 100% available, because he had three complicated days and was still in a feverish state during the day (Wednesday before half-day). Adrien was sick a little later, he was better this afternoon, but not enough, he stayed at the hotel. As we have four days, he should be available for the final“Judges the coach.
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Without going into paranoia, we took precautions with Dayot and Adrien.
Whether there is cause for concern remains to be seen. A priori, there is no question of Covid. However, if the virus spreads to the whole group, the coach could be bored when making his team composition to face Lionel Messi and company on Sunday (4 p.m.), in Lusail, for the grain of a second World Cup. in a row…”Rabiot and Upamecano are doing well“, promises Jules Koundé, as reassuring as the other players who passed in front of the microphones Wednesday evening, in Al-Khor. “We are not anxious, the temperatures have dropped in Doha in recent days and the air conditioning is on full blast… These are feverish states and in relation to this, we are all careful. Players who have made a lot of effort, when organizations are in high demand, are more sensitive to what can be viral. Without going into paranoia, we took precautions with Dayot, to whom it happened after England, and with Adrien», note «DD».
What measures? “We are more careful, there is more hydroalcoholic gel on the tablessmiles Aurélien Tchouameni. And the Madrilenian adds:We hope everyone will stay healthy for the next game. It’s a final and we want to have all our forces present.All you have to do is cross your fingers for them…
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