France’s most recent match left fans with a bitter-sweet taste in their mouth. With the full-strength French side having taken a 96-0 victory over Namibia there was plenty to celebrate as the host nation proved beyond doubt that they were the real deal.
There was huge disappointment for many in the French camp, however, after talismanic captain Antoine Dupont exited the field with a fractured jaw, putting his own World Cup aspirations in doubt.
This news shocked many around the world, as the 26-year-old has been touted by many to be the main man to lead his side to World Cup glory for the first time in his nation’s history.
With rumours flying around about the possibility of an early return for Dupont thanks to a constructed face mask, the French public has remained hopeful.
There has now been firm confirmation that the French captain will be back to lead his men into the knockout stages after the French assistant coach William Servat told a press conference on Tuesday: “Antoine is in great order today. The operation went very well, and he is resting.
“He will return for training on Sunday. Friday and Saturday are our rest days, he will have the time to return in this period of time.
“I have no doubts about his ability to play in the quarter-final. I think it is reasonable to say that.”