The French team’s twenty-four players took part in light training on Thursday, two days before they face Denmark at the World Cup, except for winger Kingsley Coman who shortened his session, “spared”, according to the framework wanting to be reassuring.
The Bayern Munich player warmed up with the full group at the start of the session before returning to the dressing room with a member of the coaching staff. Holders such as Hugo Lloris and Adrien Rabiot joined him a little later.
Coming into play against Australia (4-1) on Tuesday, Coman was simply “spared” after feeling discomfort in the hip, the tricolor staff told us.
“It may happen that a player misses a session or even two” in case of a “minor concern,” coach Didier Deschamps warned Monday, when asked about Eduardo Camavinga’s absence from collective training the day before.
Only the substitutes from the first game performed more advanced exercises on Thursday under the guidance of Deschamps and his assistant Guy Stéphan, with the exception of Theo Hernandez who came on quickly against Australia after his brother Lucas was injured.
Raphaël Varane, back from injury, was present alongside the “hairdressers”, the usual substitutes, with no apparent discomfort in his right thigh. He spoke extensively with Deschamps after the training.
The session took place under the eyes of Julien Stéphan, son of Guy and coach of Strasbourg, who particularly greeted Camavinga, his former player in Rennes. Also present in the stands, Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla who plays for Al-Saad (Qatari D1), host club of the Blues during the World Cup, discussed several minutes with Olivier Giroud, his ex-teammate at Arsenal (2012-2018).