Qualified in the eighth of the Euro with the first place and a found Karim Benzema, the Blues are crossed by several torments before facing Switzerland on Monday (9 p.m.). The French ended their group stage on the knees: after two matches in the sweltering heat of Budapest, the bodies were put to the test and the list of injured is growing. Lucas Digne and Lucas Hernandez could not finish Wednesday’s meeting against Portugal (2-2) and Thursday’s training left two new players: Thomas Lemar and Marcus Thuram.
Lemar victim of a blow to the leg, Thuram suffers from the thigh
The Atlético Madrid midfielder twisted in pain after contact with goalkeeper Mike Maignan during a substitutes session. He was escorted to the locker room, supported by two members of the medical staff, victim of a blow to the left leg visibly very painful. As for the Mönchengladbach winger, he winced at a change of direction and held the inside of his right thigh before leaving his partners.
“It is not a good sign”
It looks like a massacre for the Tricolores, already definitively deprived of Ousmane Dembélé (thigh), and perhaps soon of Digne, hit in a thigh. “This is not a good sign,” Didier Deschamps confirmed on Wednesday, also concerned about the case of his other left side Hernandez, in trouble with a knee. The two full-backs passed additional exams on Thursday in the early afternoon and were still in the group in the evening, before the departure of the Blues on Friday morning for Bucharest (Romania), place of their eighth-final against Switzerland on Monday.
In case of withdrawal from this position, the coach will have to align either a right side (Léo Dubois, Benjamin Pavard, Jules Koundé), or a midfielder like Adrien Rabiot, unless he trusts Presnel Kimpembe who played on the left at the PSG training center. Another solution: establish a three-way defense, a scheme already tested by Deschamps.