An illness sweeping through the France camp ahead of the World Cup final could give William Saliba an outside chance of minutes in the fixture.
Fabrice Hawkins (via GFFN) reports that Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate have picked up the same illness that ruled Dayot Upamecano out of France’s semi-final win over Morocco.
Hawkins has seemingly played down the severity of the illness, and L’Equipe claim Varane is only suffering mild symptoms.
But Konate’s are more pronounced, and Varane’s situation could obviously change over the next two days.
As it stands, there are no reports suggesting William Saliba is ill, and if his teammates do end up having to sit out the World Cup final, he could end up playing some minutes in their places.
Saliba has so far only appeared for France at the World Cup in their group game against Tunisia, playing 27 minutes from the bench with his side already 1-0 down.
Even now, it seems unlikely Saliba will start. Varane will probably keep his place, and Upamecano could be back available to play alongside him.
But the issues in preparation for the match could mean the three affected centre-backs aren’t up for 120 minutes, should the game go the full distance. Maybe Saliba could at least get on for a late cameo.