New Zealand, big concern before the Blues

New Zealand, big concern before the Blues

Due to a problem with the left knee, doubts surround the participation of New Zealand midfielder Jordie Barrett before facing the French national team in the opening match of the 2023 World Cup.

Just days before the start of the 2023 World Cup, Jordie Barrett's situation is starting to worry New Zealand. In fact, the All Blacks centre, who had already been away on Sunday, trained again on the sidelines on Monday in Lyon. One of the Barrett brothers injured his left knee and therefore survived, and is currently uncertain to face the XV of France, during the opening match of the 2023 World Cup, at Stade de France (9:15 p.m.).

Speaking to the press, Scott McLeod spoke about this topic. “He has a small problem with his left knee. We preferred to keep him. We are waiting, we will tell you tomorrow, Tuesday, to see how he reacts to the care. We have absolute confidence in our medical staff. It is still early in the week to make the final decision.” The New Zealand defense coach, in particular, explained who was successfully replaced as first place.

“We have confidence in all the players.”

“Jordi is certainly an important player in our team, but all the players in the team are ready to win the World Cup. McLeod later announced, in comments he echoed the team. If he has to lose, we have confidence in all the players who will wear the black shirt. » Having moved from full-back to the number one midfield position, where he now works alongside Rico Ioane, Jordie Barrett has since allowed the All Blacks to find their color in recent times.

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It is clear that the absence of the Hurricanes player against the Blues will be a big blow to coach Ian Foster's team. If he withdraws, Anton Lienert-Brown or David Hafeli currently appear to be in a better position to replace him in the New Zealand starting XI. As for Jonathan Dante, the next few days will be decisive.

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