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France Taking ‘Precautions’ Against Virus Before World Cup Finals Says Deschamps

France’s Didier Deschamps has revealed to the sources that everyone at the French camp is currently taking every precaution possible to stop a virus from spreading through the team right before their historic World Cup against Argentina this Sunday.

Upamecano and Rabiot unfit due to virus

Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot were among those who were pulled out from the French squad because they suffered from sickness, which started against Morocco in their semi-final clash, which they went on to win 2-0, completely thrashing the African side.

Deschamps has sounded hopeful that both the players, who have played vital roles for the French squad in the 2022 edition of the World Cup, will be available well and suitable for their final battle against Argentina this Sunday.

The Les Bleus will be competing in a historic match, making them the first team ever since Brazil in 1962 to win back-to-back World Cups, in case they can get past the magic of Messi.

It was revealed that Upamecano and Rabiot were in isolation from others, and even though Upamecano did return in time for their clash against the African front, he warmed the bench throughout the match while Rabiot was left back in his hotel room in isolation.

Virus affecting France team

It was also revealed by Deschamps that Kingsley Coman was “feverish” earlier. This specific virus affecting the French fighters in Qatar is still unclear. However, many visitors to Qatar have reported struggling with the Middle East respiratory syndrome, which causes a flu-like illness with varying severities.

“In Doha, temperatures have fallen a little bit; you have air conditioning which is on all the time,” stated Deschamps.

“We’ve had a few cases of flu-like symptoms. We are trying to be careful, so it doesn’t spread, and players have made great efforts out on the pitch, and obviously, their immune systems suffer.”

“Dayot Upamecano felt sick immediately after the match [against England]. It happens when you make such an effort, your body is weakened, and you are more prone to be infected by these viruses.”

Goals netted by Theo Hernandez and substitute Randal Kolo Muani had earlier kicked France from their dreaded semi-finals to the historic finals. At the same time, it was Antoine Griezmann who was the clear playmaker for the French front, putting all-out on defense, attack, and playmaking alike.

Rightfully getting the Man of the Match, he has been compared to prime Luka Modric for his World Cup performance. They will face Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the sensational grand finale this Sunday.

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