Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Kingsley Coman is the third French player suffering what is known as the “camel” virus in Qatar, with Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano already fighting for fitness ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final against Argentina.
The Bayern Munich winger missed today’s training session after showing signs of the flu symptoms yesterday. He was also missed at lunch with his teammates, and reports have it he may be left out of the light recovery session scheduled for tonight.
France ended Morocco’s fairytale World Cup journey with a 2-0 victory in the semi-finals on Wednesday, thanks to goals from left-back Theo Hernandez and substitute Randal Kolo Muani.
Rabiot and Upamecano, who had been regular fixtures in Deschamps’ side until the semi-final, were forced to sit out against the Atlas Lions after falling ill with flu-like symptoms.
“Coman also had a fever this morning,” Deschamps revealed.
“In Doha, the temperatures have dropped a bit and you still have air conditioning on all the time. We have had a few cases of flu-like symptoms.”
“We are trying to be careful so that it does not spread and the players have put in a great effort on the pitch and obviously their immune systems suffer.”
‘We’re taking all the necessary precautions, we’re trying to make sure it doesn’t spread, but viruses are of course infectious and we have to take precautions against them.
‘We’ll separate him from the others and from Adrien as well.’
France are bidding to become the first nation to win back-to-back World Cups since Brazil in 1958 and 1962 when they come face-to-face with Argentina on Sunday.