The latest update on France captain Antoine Dupont is “reassuring”, according to team doctor Bruno Boussagol, who said he hoped for a “quick return” to World Cup action for the talismanic scrumhalf.
Dupont underwent surgery Friday after suffering a fractured cheekbone the day before in France’s victory over Namibia, putting hosts Les Bleus on the verge of the knock-out stages which take place on the weekend of October 14-15.
France’s next game is against Italy on October 7 when a victory would guarantee top spot in Pool A and a last-eight tie, in all likelihood with World Cup holders South Africa.
“He called me yesterday to get some advice on his follow-up,” said Boussagol.
Dupont, the doctor added, was “doing as well as possible six days after his operation”.
“His bruising has dissipated. He had pain linked to the frontal impact he received, but it is progressing very favorably. He’s in good spirits, he’s pretty confident.”