NIZHNY NOVGOROD, July 5 (Sputnik) - France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday that even if Uruguay star striker Edinson Cavani missed the World Cup quarter-final against France, Uruguay's style of play was not going to change.
France, who claimed their only World Cup title on home turf in 1998, will take on two-time former champions Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, Cavani, who has scored three goals in four matches at the World Cup in Russia so far, trained individually after suffering a calf injury during his side's 2-1 win over Portugal in the round of 16.
"I'm preparing my team as if Cavani was playing, we'll learn whether he plays or not an hour and a half before the match... If he is not there, it's not going to change Uruguay's style. Cavani's quality is obviously higher than that of lots of other strikers... But I prepare my team for different possibilities," Deschamps told journalists.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until July 15, with the matches being played in 11 cities across Russia.