Following the recent injury which has ruled Franck Ribery out of the World Cup, French supporters have been hoping to avoid any more casualties this summer.
Despite Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud making injury headlines back in France, fortunately for Les Blues the Gunners stars’ injuries don’t pose a serious threat to their participation.
Laurent Koscielny’s superb form for the North Londoners last season was carefully monitored by France coach Didier Deschamps, and his role in the side is vitally important.
The 28-year-old, however, missed much of the back-end of the season through injury and despite recovering and making the 23-man World Cup squad, he has been carrying some tendinitis in his Achilles for several weeks.
"(Koscielny) has been carrying that for several weeks or perhaps a bit more. He's played a lot of games this season. He's in great shape but tendons in the Achilles are a bit sensitive. During the competition we'll probably rest him for one, two, or three training sessions so as not to make the situation worse." French team doctor Franck Le Gall said, quoted by the French paper L'Equipe.
As for Olivier Giroud, the former Montpellier striker has some tightness in his left hamstring, though he has been cleared to take part in training and is expected to face Honduras on Sunday.
"He's fine and we decided that he could take part in training," Le Gall said of Giroud. "I don't have any particular apprehension. If he's training this afternoon it means that we think he's available."
Giroud’s progression at Arsenal was evident during last season, as he netted 16 Premier League goals in 36 starts.
His form for France has also improved, and his recent goals in big pre-tournament victories over Norway and Jamaica will give the striker plenty of confidence going into his first World Cup.