Tue. Feb 7th, 2023

The entire France team attended a training session just before Saturday’s World Cup final against Argentina due to a virus that has afflicted some players during the week. Coach Didier Deschamps announced earlier on Saturday that the team was taking steps to prevent the spread of illness which has affected a range of players. Central defensive duo Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate were absent from training on Friday, as did the winger Kingsley Coman, while midfielder Adrien Rabiot and defender Dayot Upamecano didn’t play in Wednesday’s semi-final defeat to Morocco.

But, all 24 players from the France squad were at the beginning of their session of training at Doha on the evening of Saturday. Deschamps spoke at his pre-match media conference that the France camp was “trying to take as many precautions as possible”.

“Obviously it would be better if this wasn’t happening but we are handling it as well as possible with our medical staff,” said the doctor. declared.

Deschamps as well as his team captain Hugo Lloris both insisted they were unable to provide any health information prior to when the team departed for training at the home that is home to Qatari champions Al Sadd. “I am fine. As for the players, I left quite early this morning so they were all sleeping,” said Deschamps while speaking to reporters at 11:30 am local time. “We are working to manage the situation as effectively as we can and remain in a calm and focused state.

“I’ll get some more information later today and think about that tonight and maybe tomorrow. And of course we’re looking forward to being ready for this important game.”

Staff, players, and other sources who are close to the team have reported a variety of ailments that have been affecting the team over the last few days, such as stomach pain, fever, and headaches.

The measures have been implemented at the hotel where the team is staying which includes isolating some players, however, Covid-19 testing has been removed from the agenda of the world’s governing body FIFA. France hopes to be the only team after Brazil in 1962 wins this World Cup. They face an Argentina team determined to take home the trophy in what’s likely to be Messi’s final game at the World Cup.

“We are never really prepared for this type of thing but we are trying to prepare in the best way possible,” Lloris stated about his illness concerns. “We remain focused and of course, we’re very excited about playing in a World Cup final.”

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