France captain Wendie Renard (33) is set to miss Les Bleues’ Women’s World Cup Group F showdown against Brazil, according to a report this Wednesday from L’Équipe. The 33-year-old Olympique Lyonnais centre-back suffered a knock during France’s opening 0-0 draw against Jamaica last Sunday. The French publication adds that the France squad is tight-lipped regarding the fitness of Renard. Meanwhile Le Progrès understand that the OL defender is suffering from a thigh strain that would make her unavailable for the remainder of the group stage.
It would be another devastating blow for Francem after the injuries sustained by several key players, namely centre-back Griedge Mbock (dislocated knee), winger Delphine Cascarino (torn ACL), free-scoring forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto (ACL) and experienced midfielder Amandine Henry (thigh injury) before the World Cup. L’Équipe understand that France manager Hervé Renard is expected to shuffle his pack for Brazil. Maëlle Lakrar, who started as a right-back against Jamaica, is set to replace Wendie Renard against the Brazilians alongside Elisa De Almeida. Les Bleues will play Marta’s Brazil on Saturday at Brisbane. A defeat would jeopardise France’s chances of qualifying for the knock-out stages.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval