Substitute goalkeeper Alphonse Aréola was the only absentee from the collective training of the Blues, Monday two days before the last group match against Tunisia at the World Cup, due to a “minor” discomfort in the lower back, according to the tricolor frame.
The Blues group without Alphonse Aréola. Only 23 Blues trained on Monday, the second goalkeeper of the France team in the hierarchy being put to rest due to discomfort in the lower back. The West Ham goalkeeper is “suffering from minor lower back pain” and remains in treatment, but there are “no major concerns” about him, the France national staff have said.
The other players, including goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and his understudy Steve Mandanda, attended training at the Jassim bin Hamad stadium in Doha, led by coach Didier Deschamps and his assistant Guy Stéphan.
The day before, the players who played little or no play on Saturday against Denmark (2-1) played a friendly match against al-Ahli, a Qatari D1 team, with two periods of twenty-five minutes each. The French won 2-0 with a goal from Marcus Thuram and a penalty from Mattéo Guendouzi, obtained by Eduardo Camavinga.
The Blues have already qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup, before Tunisia-France on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.).