BUCHAREST (Reuters) – World champions France are going through mounting accidents forward of their Euro 2020 Spherical of 16 match towards Switzerland on Monday, with coach Didier Deschamps struggling for choices.
The French certified much less convincingly than initially anticipated after drawing 2-2 towards Portugal of their closing group recreation, having received certainly one of three Group F video games.
France left-back Lucas Hernandez needed to be taken off with a knee damage after the primary half and stays uncertain towards Switzerland.
His substitute Lucas Digne can be nursing a hamstring damage and appears unlikely to be match for Monday, forcing potential adjustments to Deschamps’ defensive plans.
Digne’s substitute within the recreation towards Portugal, midfielder Adrien Rabiot, has himself been coping with a nagging ankle damage for the reason that finish of the season and isn’t but at 100%.
To make issues worse, Thomas Lemar suffered a leg damage and Marcus Thuram harm his proper thigh in coaching on Thursday, hobbling off the pitch with the assist of medical workers.
France are already with out Ousmane Dembele after the ahead needed to be taken off injured of their second group recreation towards Hungary. Demebele has been dominated out for the remainder of the event and would require knee surgical procedure.
However regardless of the accidents France stay the clear favourites for the sport towards the Swiss.
Deschamps, trying to develop into the primary man to win World Cups and Euros each as participant and coach, could also be battling match defenders however he has received again a striker.
Karim Benzema, who was recalled to the nationwide workforce for the event after an almost six-year absence, scored twice towards Portugal.
The French have additionally by no means misplaced to the Swiss in a aggressive recreation. Whereas they’re very acquainted with the latter phases of a event, their opponents haven’t reached a quarter-final of a significant event in 67 years, ever for the reason that 1954 World Cup which they hosted.
Switzerland certified as among the best third-placed groups.
“Something can occur in a event,” mentioned Switzerland defender Ricardo Rodriguez. “We’re match and prepared. We now have to be compact in defence and use our few probabilities. We all know the French have a improbable bench as nicely.”
“We’ll give all of it we now have. We now have already educated penalties and nearly everybody scored,” he smiled.
The winners will play the winners of the Spherical of 16 tie between Spain and Croatia.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Modifying by Frances Kerry)