Title: Antoine Dupont Cleared for Full Training as France Eyes Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals
In some exciting news for French rugby fans, France captain Antoine Dupont has received medical clearance to resume full training after recovering from a broken cheekbone.
The return of their talismanic leader would provide a significant boost to France’s hopes of advancing to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup. Dupont recently visited his surgeon in Toulouse, where he obtained authorization to intensify his training regime.
As part of his recovery process, the France team doctor is currently discussing the potential use of a protective helmet for Dupont. The decision on whether he will wear headgear during training will be made later this week.
However, France head coach Fabien Galthié has emphasized that the team’s priority is not to rush any player back from injury. Galthié understands the importance of player welfare and will carefully consider the risk posed by Dupont’s return.
Dupont sustained the injury during a head-on-head tackle in France’s pool-stage victory on September 21. Although he was forced to sit out the team’s subsequent match against Italy, Maxime Lucu proved to be a capable replacement.
Amid speculations about the impact of Dupont’s return on France’s chances, South Africa scrum-half Faf de Klerk acknowledged the significance of having him back on the field. De Klerk stated that it is great for France, but his team is preparing to face the entire French squad, not just one individual player.
In addition to Dupont’s situation, France hooker Julien Marchand is facing doubts about his availability for the upcoming match against South Africa due to a thigh injury. If Marchand misses out, it will be a significant blow to France’s depth at the position, adding to their injury concerns.
With Dupont’s return to full training and the team’s determination to carefully manage player health, France remains hopeful of a successful campaign as they face South Africa in their upcoming Rugby World Cup clash. The anticipation among fans is building, and all eyes will be on how Dupont’s potential inclusion impacts France’s chances of advancing further in the tournament.