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Rugby World Cup 2023: France captain Antoine Dupont has surgical procedure on fractured cheekbone


Antoine Dupont receives treatment
Antoine Dupont was voted Six Nations participant of the match in 2022 and 2023

France captain Antoine Dupont has had surgical procedure on a fractured cheekbone sustained within the 96-0 win over Namibia.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) mentioned the scrum-half would return to France’s squad “in just a few days” however has not confirmed how lengthy he will probably be unavailable for.

Dupont, 26, went off within the forty sixth minute on Thursday after Johan Deysel made a head-on-head sort out and was despatched off.

France’s closing pool match is in opposition to Italy on 6 October.

“Following his harm sustained throughout the France-Namibia match, Antoine Dupont underwent surgical procedure at Toulouse’s Purpan College on September 22 at round 11pm [local time],” the FFR mentioned of the 2021 world participant of the 12 months.

“In just a few days’ time, he’ll be capable to return to the French workforce as a part of a gradual sporting restoration below medical supervision.”

The quarter-finals are scheduled for the weekend of 14-15 October, the semi-finals the weekend after and the ultimate on Saturday, 28 October.

Talking on Friday, France assault coach Laurent Labit confused Dupont would stick with the squad and that he had not “completed the competitors” because the hosts bid to win the match for the primary time.

“Antoine stays with us, everybody will probably be collectively,” Labit mentioned. “We’ll do as we have now at all times performed with short-term accidents in hoping that the opinion of the surgeon is constructive for Antoine and us.

“The specialist will give the decision and Antoine will make the choice. We’ll respect that. We will not suppose too far forward.”

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