France virus crisis continues as five players fall ill before World Cup final
France manager Didier Deschamps had already confirmed that winger Kingsley Coman would be the third player, while Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano were both ruled out of the semi-final victory over Croatia after contracting a virus that a handful of players blamed on the air conditioning systems used in Qatari stadiums.
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“Coman had a fever this morning,” Deschamps said. “We have had a few cases of flu-like symptoms. We are trying to be careful so that it does not spread. The players have put in a great effort on the pitch and obviously their immune systems have suffered.
“Dayot Upamecano felt bad right after the game against England. It happens when you exert yourself so much, you are more prone to getting these viruses. We’re taking all the necessary precautions.”