A mysterious virus and many injuries threaten France’s hopes of winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup. However, many players are coming back just in time to face Argentina. Read here to find out who they are.
When it must have been all luck and optimism towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup final against Argentina, France face the most difficult moment of the tournament. A slew of injuries and, most importantly, a mysterious virus could derail their chances of becoming only the third team in history to successfully defend the title.
Even before the start of the World Cup, coach Didier Deschamps had an enormous list of injured players: Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Christopher Nkunku or Presnel Kimpembe. After the tournament started, Lucas Hernandez joined them with a right knee injury.
Nevertheless, France managed to win Group D, knocking out Poland, England and Morocco in the knockout stages. However, the virus and injuries hit hard before and after this semi-final against the African team, which could be a big factor for the final. The good news for France is that some players may eventually make it, and here’s who they are.
Who is out for France for the World Cup final with virus or injuries?
Didier Deschamps confirmed many of his players have presented flu symptoms as a direct consequence of a mysterious virus. That’s not a secret anymore and that’s why Dayot Upamecano didn’t start in the semifinal against Morocco and Adrien Rabiot was out.
After their victory to clinch a ticket to the final, Kingsley Coman was added to that list and then the virus infected Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate. In very important news, this Saturday was confirmed that Coman, Varane and Konate were back for training. Furthermore, Theo Hernandez (left knee) and Aurelien Tchouameni (hip) also returned.
So, in this scenario, Didier Deschamps has everyone at his disposal. With just a few hours to go before the final, France are in total suspense considering the virus is contagious and transmission can occur easily among the players. Anything can happen.