Adrien Rabiot is OUT of France’s Nations League final against Spain after testing positive for Covid… and could miss Juventus’ clash with Roma next weekend
- France face Spain in the Nations League final in Milan on Sunday night
- Didier Deschamps’ side beat Belgium 3-2 in the semi-final earlier this week
- Midfielder Adrien Rabiot is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19
- The 26-year-old cannot be replaced ahead of the final reducing the squad to 21
France midfielder Adrien Rabiot has been ruled out of the Nations League final against Spain after testing positive for Covid-19.
The 26-year-old is now self-isolating and will not travel to Milan with his international team-mates, the French Football Federation revealed on Saturday.
Due to regulations, the Juventus midfielder cannot be replaced and Didier Deschamps will take a 21-man squad into the final.
Adrien Rabiot has been ruled out of France’s Nations League final against Spain with Covid-19
The positive case is likely to rule Rabiot out of Juventus’s Serie A clash against Roma next weekend too.
France moved into Sunday’s Nations League final with Spain, who beat European champions Italy 2-1 on Wednesday, after beating Belgium in a five-goal thriller.
Les Bleus went behind in Thursday’s Turin clash, with Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku putting Belgium 2-0 up at the interval, despite Les Bleus dominating most of the possession.
Didier Deschamps (middle) will now take a 21-man squad to Turin as Rabiot can’t be replaced
Theo Hernandez’s last-gasp winner sealed a spot for France in the Nations League final
Deschamps’ side were much more clinical after the break, with Karim Benzema pulling a goal back after the hour mark, with Mbappe stepping up from the spot just seven minutes after France’s first.
The final three minutes of the game saw a grandstand finish, with Belgium striker Lukaku seeing a late winner disallowed by VAR, before Paul Pogba struck the woodwork with a late free-kick just two minutes later.
Seconds after the France midfielder hit the frame of the goal with the set piece, Theo Hernandez fired in a late winner for Les Bleus with a fierce strike from the edge of the area.