Popular Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone has flown off to Qatar and is expected to unveil the FIFA World Cup trophy at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Qatar ahead of the final on Sunday. She was photographed at the Mumbai airport where Deepika was all smiles. The Lionel Messi-led Argentina will face defending champions France in the title clash on Sunday.
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Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps was sweating on the fitness of several key players on Saturday as his team battled a mystery virus on the eve of the World Cup final against Argentina. With little more than 24 hours to go before the world champions face Lionel Messi and Argentina at Doha’s Lusail Stadium on Sunday, France have been left reeling by a viral outbreak that is believed to have affected five players so far.
Central defenders Raphael Varane and Ibrahim Konate, and winger Kingsley Coman were the latest players to be laid low by the illness, forced to miss a training session on Friday.
That came two days after Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano were ruled out of Wednesday’s semi-final victory over Morocco.
Players, staff and other sources close to the French squad have spoken of a range of symptoms affecting the team in recent days including fever, stomach pain and headaches.
Both Deschamps and France captain Hugo Lloris said Saturday they had no further medical updates as they appeared at a pre-match press conference just after 11:30 am local time.
“I left quite early this morning from the camp — they were all still asleep,” Deschamps said. “I haven’t had any recent updates.
“We are trying to take as many precautions as possible, to adapt as necessary and get on with it. Obviously it would be better if this wasn’t happening but we are handling it as well as possible with our medical staff.”
Lloris, who also said he had not seen his team-mates early Saturday, added: “We are never really prepared for this type of thing but we are trying to prepare in the best way possible.”
With AFP inputs
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