On Monday, Deschamps spoke about Varane’s fitness, admitting that he expects the United man to be available from the start of their campaign.
“He is in the process. He accentuated his athletic work. He touched the ball again,” he said, in a press conference before the team flew to Qatar.
“There are still some stages he has to pass until Thursday [yesterday, their first training session in the host country].
“He is okay. He is in good spirits and feels good sensations. He is supposed to be available for the first game.”
It remains to be seen when Raphael will return to team training with the current World champions, as their preparations for matchday one continue, with the latest reports claiming he will not join the main group session on Friday evening.