From Matthew Dunn in Qatar
France presented with a clean bill of health in their final open training before the World Cup final. But coach Didier Deschamps has no idea what he will wake up to this morning.
Five of his players have now contracted the bug, but Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate and Kinglsey Coman, who missed Friday’s session, were back in action along with Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano, who missed Wednesday’s semi-final.
Theo Hernandez, nursing a knee injury, and Aurelien Tchouameni, with a hip problem, were also back out on in the Al Sadd Sports Club. But Deschamps was reluctant to talk about a constantly-changing situation.
“I don’t want to go into details,” he said. “We are doing our best to take precautions and adapt and live with it without going too far but doing what is necessary.
“We would have preferred not to face this but are managing it as best as we can. We will remain calm and focused and II will get more info today and think about it today and tomorrow.” However, captain Hugo Lloris insisted the disruption would not affect the mood within the squad.
“In the past we have already proved that French teams who have been successful have always based that success on a strong team spirit and so we try to draw from that,” he said.
“There is a very good feeling in the camp and there is no reason why that should not be seen again tomorrow. Thanks to the adrenaline and excitement we will feel we will all be ready to do anything we can to win this last battle.”