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Giroud, Koscielny cleared to train

France will be looking to improve on their recent World Cup record when they take on Honduras in their tournament opener.

France striker Olivier Giroud and centre-back Laurent Koscielny have been cleared to take part in Thursday's training session after sitting out the previous day's practice to have some physio treatment.

Giroud had some tightness in his left hamstring and Koscielny, his Arsenal club teammate, has some tendinitis in his Achilles.

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"[Koscielny] has been carrying that for several weeks or perhaps a bit more. He's played a lot of games this season," Le Gall said. "He's in great shape but tendons in the Achilles are a bit sensitive. During the competition we'll probably rest him for one, two, or three training sessions so as not to make the situation worse."

Mamadou Sakho has recovered from some bruising to his right knee.

"He felt some pain and a kind of locking sensation," Le Gall said. "The scan was reassuring, and he trained normally [on Wednesday]. He was more apprehensive than anything."

All three players are expected to be ready when France opens their Group E campaign against Honduras on Sunday.

While Koscielny is not certain to be selected by Deschamps, Giroud is expected to lead the attack.

"He's fine and we decided that he could take part in training," Le Gall said of Giroud. "I don't have any particular apprehension. If he's training this afternoon it means that we think he's available."

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