The captain of the French women's team Wendie Renard carried out medical check-ups on Monday in Sydney after feeling pain in her calf, AFP learned from sources close to the Blues the day after the draw against Jamaica (0-0) at the World Cup.
Already greatly diminished by injuries, the tricolor selection faces a new blow with this concern about its emblematic defender.
According to a source close to the Blues, Wendie Renard felt pain in her calf, and had a control MRI on Monday at midday (local time), after the morning training session. The results of the examination were not yet known. At the start of this session open to the press, Renard (33) briefly appeared on the Blue training lawn, before returning indoors.
Five days before the shock of group F against Brazil, Saturday (12:00 p.m.) in Brisbane, the French face several physical glitches in defense. Defender Selma Bacha, injured in an ankle for ten days, nevertheless returned to collective training on Monday.
The Lyonnaise participated in the entire training session alongside the substitutes for Sunday evening's meeting, appearing very comfortable and without discomfort in her left ankle. She scored several goals during an opposition, right foot, left foot. The day before, she was already on the substitute bench against Jamaica but did not come into play.
Defender Elisa De Almeida, forfeited on Sunday after suffering a calf injury in training, remained on the sidelines of the group, contenting herself with races around the Blues training ground in north-west Sydney. The one who usually makes up the central hinge with Wendie Renard also did some exercises with the ball.
Monday under a bright sun, the holders of France-Jamaica were treated to a light and à la carte session. Some stayed indoors, others jogged.
The young Naomie Feller (21), substitute on Sunday, however, did not appear on the ground, victim of discomfort in one thigh. She performed an MRI on Sunday evening, but the nature of her injury was not specified. Les Bleues, deprived of several executives by injury for this competition (Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Delphine Cascarino, Amandine Henry, etc.) trained under the watchful eye of Jean-Michel Aulas, delegate of the executive committee of the Federation who accompanies the selection at the start of the tournament.
The Habs were granted free time on Monday afternoon, five days before their next meeting. Coach Hervé Renard and his assistant Laurent Bonadei, for their part, were to make a return trip to Adelaide in order to observe the Brazil-Panama meeting (1:00 p.m.), future adversaries.