FRANCE faces a left-back injury crisis as Theo Hernandez is reportedly in doubt this weekend.
The world champions meet Poland in the round of 16 on Sunday afternoon.
The winner plays against England should Gareth Southgate’s side get past Senegal.
But Football-Italia report that Hernandez, 25, 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 to the first team after his brother Lucas suffered a serious knee injury.
His brother tore his cruciate ligament in France’s opening game against Australia.
That means Didier Deschamps could do without a natural left-back for Sunday’s clash.
There, midfielder Eduardo Camavinga played in the final Group D game against Tunisia on Wednesday.
Les Bleus had already qualified so it is not known if Deschamps attempted Camavinga at left-back with an eye in the knockout rounds.
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Elsewhere in the squad, teammates are reportedly divided over Benjamin Pavard’s disappointing World Cup performance so far.
According to L’Equipe, who claim Pavard’s poor performance in the Bleus’ opener against Australia caused frustration among his team-mates.
The Bayern Munich right-back was at fault for Socceroo’s opener when he failed to follow up Graig Goodwin’s run into the box, but the reigning world champions turned him around to win 4-1.
Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele was reportedly among those who ‘savaged’ the 26-year-old.
However, the full-back has had the support of some of his more experienced team-mates, including captain Hugo Lloris and France’s all-time top scorer Olivier Giroud.
Pavard has not played for the Tricolores since, having been replaced by Jules Kounde against Denmark and Axel Disasi against Tunisia.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6827894/england-potential-world-cup-france-no-left-backs/ England’s potential World Cup opponents France have NO fit left-backs with Theo Hernandez on the touchline alongside brother Lucas