The captain is hit. His World Cup is on hold. Antoine Dupont, scrum-half of the XV of France, best player in the world in 2021, suffers from a "maxillo-zygomatic fracture", said this Friday morning the staff of the Blues. The French captain was out injured the day before a match won largely (96-0) against Namibia.
"Following the match between France and Namibia, which took place on September 22, 2023 in Marseille, Antoine Dupont, the captain of the XV of France, suffered a maxillozygomatic fracture. A specialized surgical opinion was requested to precisely define the duration of the downtime. Antoine Dupont remains with the France group, "said the XV of France in this statement.
It is therefore a fracture on these bones of the face that suffers the captain of the Blues. A diagnosis that could have sent him directly home, as it seems difficult to return from such an injury before six weeks and the end of the World Cup (October 28). But the staff of the XV of France maintains a slim hope. The "additional surgical opinion" aims to see if there is a chance that "Super Dupont" will be awarded for the possible semifinals, on October 20 or 21.
Until then, against Italy on October 6 for the last group match, and for the possible quarter-final the following week, Antoine Dupont is already absent. A huge void for the Blues who lose their best player and captain for a month. And maybe more.