France face a potential fitness crisis ahead of their World Cup 2022 match against Morocco on Wednesday.
According to The Sun, many players are dealing with illnesses as the bug starts to spread through the team. Midfielder Adrien Rabiot and defender Dayot Upamecano – who both featured in the team’s 2-1 quarter-final win against England – were forced to pull out of training on Tuesday, the day before the game.
According to the report, Upamecano has a sore throat while Rabiot is under the weather and their availability against Morocco is in doubt.
In their place, Youssef Fofana could fill in for Rabiot in midfield, while Ibrahima Konate could replace Upamecano in defence. The pair started France’s group stage match against Tunisia, who had already secured a place in the knockout stages, and most of the regular starters were rested.
France has already lost many of its ordinary stars. A few days before the first match, the studio striker Karim Benzema was ruled out of the entire World Cup after injuring his leg in training. Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are also out of the squad after suffering injuries with their clubs ahead of the World Cup. Both Pogba and Kante were instrumental in France’s 2018 title-winning side.
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But France showed that they are capable of overcoming the handicaps in the game. In place of Benzema, Oliver Giroud is second in the tournament with four goals. Youngster Aurelien Tchouamé has also shone in midfield alongside Pogba and Kante, including a stunning goal against England.