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The countdown is well and truly on to this weekend’s World Cup final, with France and Argentina each finalising their preparations on the training ground ahead of Sunday’s historic meeting at Lusail Stadium. The occasion will mark the second final appearance in as many tournaments for Les Bleus, who managed to book their place with victory over Morocco within the last 4 on Wednesday.

Argentina, meanwhile, are gearing up for his or her first shot at World Cup glory since 2014 after Lionel Messi inspired his side to a cushty win over Croatia of their semi-final meeting on Tuesday night. It stays to be seen whether the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will probably be fit to play against France, though, after picking up a hamstring issue during Argentina’s last match.

Messi was spotted holding the back of his leg and stretching it out on multiple occasions against Croatia to spark fears over his fitness ahead of Sunday’s final before he missed training with the remainder of his team-mates at Argentina’s base on Thursday. France will probably be desperately hoping that Messi is forced to take a seat on the sidelines for the match, which is ready to mark the last World Cup appearance of his international profession, even though it seems likely that he’ll play through the pain unless the injury worsens over the subsequent 48 hours.

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