A cold strikes the France players ahead of the World Cup final

Doha: The French Football Federation announced that a number of internationals had contracted colds ahead of facing Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup final. Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate were the last ones infected with the virus today, Friday. Centre-back Dayo Upamecano and midfielder Adrien Rabiot missed Wednesday’s 2-0 semi-final win against Morocco with illness, but coach Didier Deschamps said he did not panic after the match. Forward Randall Kolo Mwani, who came on as a substitute and scored the second goal against Morocco, said on Friday: ‘There is a simple spread of cold, but it’s not dangerous. Soon they will be well and ready for Sunday’s game.” An official of the media French added: “As you know, Randall is not a doctor. We will issue a statement on that in followed”. Kolo Mwani said sick players are being isolated. “Patients stay in their rooms, doctors are taking care of them and we have enforced social distancing,” he added. scared of this virus,” said striker Ousmane Dembele. Dayo and Adrian had stomach aches, I made them ginger and honey tea after which they felt better. I hope everyone is ready for the final.” “Daewoo it has improved and I think everyone will be ready. We have taken our precautions. The first day, Daewoo stayed in his room, we brought him food, and the next day he came back with everyone.” Deschamps was confident Upamecano and Rabiot would recover to face Argentina at the Lusail stadium on Sunday. “Daewoo will be ready,” he said Wednesday. He hasn’t felt well for three days since Saturday… He had a high fever and this affected his strength”. He added: “Given the difficulty of the match, I decided not to push him and instead rely on Konate, as he showed be good enough to play at this level.” He continued: “Rabio was sick, he got better this afternoon, but he didn’t get better enough, so he stayed in inn. We have four days off, so he should improve and be ready for Sunday.” Just in case in With Konati and Varane left out, Deschamps will face a difficult decision in choosing his starting line-up in absence of two of the three most important defenders. (Reuters)