Some social distancing measures introduced as illness sweeps through France squad

Some social distancing measures have been introduced around the France camp as an illness sweeps through the squad ahead of the World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday. 

Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano both missed Les Bleus’ 2-0 semi-final victory against Morocco due to illness. The source of the flu-like illness that has infiltrated the squad is unknown. L’Équipe have cited the ever-present air-conditioning as the source of the problem, whilst beIN Sports have said that the France camp believe that the illness was contracted by England’s players. England staff did ask journalists in the mixed zone to wear masks post-match on Sunday. 

In order to counter the threat, some stricter measures, evocative of the days of the Covid-19 pandemic have been introduced. Kingsley Coman, the latest player to fall in has not been allowed to mix with his teammates. He is, however, expected to return to training on Friday. 

For the past three days, there have also been more intense measures brought in around Les Bleus’ hotel. Hand gel is once again present in the hallways and the tables. Workers at the hotel must now wear a mask, whilst the cleaning of surfaces has become more regular. No large-scale testing is being carried out.

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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