Two More French Stars Struck by Strange Virus Ahead of World Cup Final

Two More French Stars Struck by Strange Virus Ahead of World Cup Final

Isaac Darko
December 16, 2022 at 2:38 PM
  • More French players have come down with the 'camel virus' before the World Cup final
  • Three players from the French squad had already been reported ill from the strange virus
  • The news is a big blow to France who face Argentina in the culmination of the tournament

French defenders Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate are the latest players to fall ill, ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Argentina.

The pair played as Les Bleus booked their spot in football's biggest tournament final, by beating Morocco 2-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening.

However, reports emanating from France squad suggest that both Varane and Konate have fallen ill just two days before the final showpiece.

Ibrahima Konate, Raphael Varane, France, Dayot Upamecano, Adrien Rabiot, Kingsley Coman, World Cup 2022, virus, final, Argentina, Qatar
Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate are the latest players to succumb to the camel virus. Photos by Pablo Morano/ Ulrik Pedersen/ Youssef Loulidi.
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According to journalist Fabrice Hawkins, Manchester United defender Varane and Konate of Liverpool woke up with mild cold and flu symptoms on Friday morning, and will now be isolated and monitored over the next 24 hours.

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Reigning champions France would hope both have a clean bill of health before facing Argentina in the finals.

The European powerhouse are looking to win back-to-back World Cup titles after success in 2018.

France trio battling illness

Kingsley Coman, Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano are already fighting to be fit ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against Argentina, Goal reported.

Les Bleus had placed Rabiot in an isolated hotel in order to prevent the spread of the virus, but apparently that plan has failed after it spread to two more players.

Upamecano and Rabiot, who have been regulars in Deschamps' France squad up until the semi-final, were compelled to miss the 2-0 victory over Morocco due to the virus.

France star fires warning

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that ahead of the final 2022 FIFA World Cup final, France star Theo Hernandez has boasted that Les Bleus are unafraid of Lionel Messi.

The Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar will witness history, as Argentina take on the defending champions in the FIFA World Cup final.

Bayern Munich defender Hernandez has stated his team is not scared by the veteran South American striker.

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