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“We’re taking all essential precautions, we try to be sure that it doesn’t spread but viruses are after all infectious and we have now to take precautions against it. We separated him from others and Adrien as well.”

Konate and Youssouf Fofana were drafted into the France team to face Morocco but when Konate, Varane, Hernandez, Rabiot and Tchouameni were all unavailable for the ultimate on the Lusail Stadium then Deschamps can be all the way down to bare bones. Arsenal’s William Saliba would likely make his second World Cup appearance alongside either Jules Kounde, Benjamin Pavard or Axel Disasi.

Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga could deputise at left-back, similarly to when he played in defence within the group stage defeat to Tunisia, and either Matteo Guendouzi or Jordan Veretout could come into the midfield alongside Fofana.

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