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‘Little question’ Dupont may return for quarter-final



France forwards coach William Servat mentioned on Tuesday he had “little doubt” that emblematic captain Antoine Dupont may return from harm in time for the World Cup playoffs.

Dupont underwent surgical procedure final week after struggling a fractured cheekbone in Thursday’s victory over Namibia, placing hosts Les Bleus on the verge of the knock-out phases on the weekend of October 14-15.

France’s subsequent recreation is in opposition to Italy on October 7 when a victory would assure high spot in Pool A and a last-eight tie, in all probability with World Cup holders South Africa.

“The operation went properly, he’s resting. He will probably be again coaching on Sunday,” Servat advised reporters.

“I’ve little doubt about his means to play the quarter-final,” the previous France hooker added.

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Former World Rugby participant of the 12 months Dupont, 26, was helped off the pitch in final week’s win over Namibia and has been at residence since present process surgical procedure on Friday.

Lacking Dupont for the knock-out phases of the match could be an enormous blow to France’s probabilities of lifting the Webb Ellis trophy for the primary time.

The Toulouse half-back is but to lose on residence soil as captain of his nation, a run relationship again 14 Checks.

“Friday and Saturday are days off for us,” Servat mentioned.

“He may have time to return in that time frame,” he added.

Maxime Lucu or Baptiste Couilloud are set to switch Dupont at scrumhalf in opposition to Italy with the likes of Anthony Jelonch and Charles Ollivon among the many contenders to guide the facet.

© Agence France-Presse

Photograph: CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

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