On the evening of December 18, 2022, France will compete against Argentina in the final of the 2022 World Cup. Head coach Didier Deschamps will need to make plans to replace striker Olivier Giroud.
The international press speculated that Giroud might not be able to participate in the encounter against Argentina right away. The 36-year-old striker has reportedly returned to the training ground, but he is still suffering from a headache as a result of his infection with a virus that is common in the Middle East. This information comes from Talk Sport.
According to reports from the Daily Mail, the French squad attempted to give Marcus Thuram the opportunity to kick during the training session on December 17. Even though Giroud and Eduardo Camavinga were able to workout, neither player was in very excellent shape. During this time, Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate, and Kingsley Coman all returned to the team after being absent for one day. However, both Giroud and Varane’s participation in the game is still a distinct possibility.
According to L’equipe, the French team is also making preparations for Dayot Upamecano to take Varane’s place in the event that the situation deteriorates further. It is possible that the fact that this combo did not play from the very beginning was a significant disadvantage for the French squad. Giroud has a productive partnership with Mbappe, while the absence of Varane in the defense presents an opening for Messi.
Giroud has now established himself as the all-time leader in World Cup scoring for the French national team. In addition to that, you can credit him with being the driving force behind the team’s victory over England in the quarterfinals. The athlete, who is 36 years old, has scored four goals in the World Cup 2022, an accomplishment that is only surpassed by Messi and Mbappe.
The French players may have been infected with a virus known as “camel flu,” which is also known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, according to reports from the European press (MERS).
Inside the French internment camp, in order to stop the virus from becoming more widespread and contagious, the coaching staff and the entire team have been instructed to wash their hands frequently, wear masks, and limit their contact with other players who are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.