France hope they’ve contained the virus that has swept thru their camp after Kingsley Coman, Raphaël Varane and Ibrahima Konate returned to coaching forward of Sunday’s World Cup last in opposition to Argentina.
The international champions have needed to put social distancing measures in position in an try to prevent extra gamers falling in poor health sooner than the general on the Lusail Stadium. Coman, Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot ignored France’s semi-final victory in opposition to Morocco on Wednesday and the placement worsened when Varane and Konaté have been compelled to skip coaching on Friday.
France, who additionally had harm issues over Aurélien Tchouaméni and Theo Hernandez, replied through enforcing higher hygiene measures and urging gamers to scrub their fingers. Didier Deschamps, who had Upamecano and Rabiot again in coaching on Friday, may now not have enough money to lose extra gamers.
However, their hopes of thrashing Argentina have been boosted when all 24 in their gamers reported for coaching on Saturday night time. Varane, Coman and Konaté rejoined their teammates, whilst Hernandez and Tchouaméni have been additionally again.
“On the virus, you are never really prepared for that type of thing,” France’s captain and goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, mentioned. “But we are trying to get ready for this match as well as we can. We remain focused.
Injuries have been an issue for Deschamps before and during this tournament. France have been without the injured Presnel Kimpembe, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema. They also lost their first-choice left-back, Lucas Hernandez, to a serious knee injury in their opening game.
Yet they have managed to overcome their misfortune by reaching the final. Their attack has functioned without Benzema. There were suggestions earlier this week that the Real Madrid striker could fly back to Qatar to join the squad for the final following his recovery from a torn thigh muscle, but Deschamps does not sound enamored with that idea.
France’s head coach has even indicated that he has no interest in whether Benzema, whose place has been taken by Olivier Giroud, supports the team from the stands.
“Some players have been injured and Karim Benzema is one of them and Lucas Hernandez got injured in the first game,” Deschamps said. “From that point on I have 24 players in my squad and they are the ones at my disposal, so I don’t think it is fair to those players to ask about players who aren’t here. It is not up to me to decide who comes to watch the game – former players or injured players.”