FRANCE face a left-back injury crisis as Theo Hernandez is reportedly in doubt for this weekend’s action.
The world champs face Poland in the last-16 on Sunday afternoon.
Theo Hernandez is reportedly an injury doubt ahead of France’s last-16 game on SundayRex
GettyTheo’s brother Lucas tore his ACL against Australia[/caption]
The winner of which will play England, should Gareth Southgate’s side get past Senegal.
But Football-Italia report that Hernandez, 25, has picked up an ankle injury in training.
The AC Milan left-back missed training with his national team in Qatar on Friday.
He was promoted into the first team after his brother Lucas, suffered a serious knee injury.
His sibling tore his ACL in France’s opening game against Australia.
This means that Didier Deschamps could be without a natural left-sided full-back for Sunday’s clash.
Midfielder Eduardo Camavinga played there against Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D game.
Les Bleus had already qualified so it is unknown if Deschamps was trying Camavinga at left-back with one-eye on the knockout stages.
Elsewhere in the squad, team-mates are reportedly divided over Benjamin Pavard’s disappointing performance World Cup so far.
That is according to L’Equipe, who claim Pavard’s poor display in Les Bleus’ opener against Australia caused frustration among his team-mates.
The Bayern Munich right-back was at fault for the Socceroo’s opening goal as he failed to track Graig Goodwin’s run into the box but the reigning world champions turned it around and won 4-1.
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele was reportedly among those who were “railing against” the 26-year-old.
However, the full-back has received the backing of some of his veteran team-mates, such as captain Hugo Lloris and France‘s joint-all time top scorer Olivier Giroud.
Thus, opinion is divided regarding Pavard’s performances and position in Deschamps’ team.
Pavard hasn’t started for the Tricolores since as he was replaced by Jules Kounde against Denmark and Axel Disasi against Tunisia.