- France Players pick up illness as their camp prepares for the final
- France is set to play Argentina on Sunday
- Upamecano and Rabiot missed the Semi-Finals due to unexpected illnesses.
France continues to struggle with illness concerns in their camp. Two of their star defenders hit by colds ahead of the big FIFA World Cup 2022 final against Argentina, scheduled for Sunday, December 18. Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konata are the latest players to fall ill on Friday. Didier Deschamps worries about the availability of his star players ahead of the decisive match against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
Notably, due to illness, Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot missed France’s semi-final match against Morocco. The defending champions overcame their absence and a strong Moroccan challenge to win 2-0 and book a place in their second consecutive final, which will be held at the Lusail Stadium.
Several France players have caught colds as they prepare for the World Cup final against Argentina, according to the French Football Federation (FFF), with Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate being the most recent to fall ill on Friday.
Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot missed Wednesday’s 2-0 semi-final win over Morocco due to illness.
After Wednesday’s game, coach Didier Deschamps refused to panic, saying they were taking precautions to keep the illness from spreading. Deschamps was confident that Rabiot and Upamecano would be available for the final on Sunday.
As the players trained in Doha on Friday, those who were ill were separated from the rest of the camp.
Randal Kolo Muani, who came off the bench to score the second goal against Morocco, told the press that nothing was serious and that it was just a “little flu” that was spreading.
Kolo Muani stated that the players who became ill were isolated.
“Those who are ill remain in their rooms, are cared for by doctors, and we have enforced social distancing. We’re extremely strict about it “He stated.
According to Reuters, a French press officer downplayed Randal’s comments, saying that the press would be kept informed about the situation in the camp.
“As you know, Randal is not a doctor; we will communicate about it later,” the press officer said.
“We Are Ready”
Forward Ousmane Dembele said he is hopeful that the sick players will recover quickly and be ready for the final.
“We’re not scared of that virus. Dayot and Adrien got a bit of a stomach ache; I made them ginger and honey tea, and they felt better. I hope everyone will be ready for the final.
“Dayot got better, and I think everyone will be ready. We’ve been taking precautions. Dayot stayed in his room the first day, and we brought him food, and he was back with everyone the next day.”
In addition to illness, injuries emerged in the French camp. Aurelien Tchouameni (knee) and Theo Hernandez (knee) missed training on Friday to work indoors, according to the French federation.