Rugby World Cup 2011
Parra struggling with neck injury
October 16, 2011
France will hope Yachvili is fit in time for the final with the All Blacks © Getty Images
France's scrum-half-come-fly-half Morgan Parra is an injury doubt ahead of Sunday's World Cup final with hosts New Zealand after injuring his neck against Wales.
Parra played a key role in their 9-8 win over Wales kicking three penalties but was sporting a neck brace on Sunday - said to be just a precautionary measure. Parra was among four players to have x-rays in the aftermath of the semi-final but coach Marc Lievremont is confident that all four will be fit for next weekend's final against the All Blacks.
Scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili is still struggling with the bruised thigh he picked up against England in the quarter-final while Aurelien Rougerie (shoulder) and flanker Julien Bonnaire (back) are also sporting injuries but the trio, along with Parra, should be back in contention in time for France's third World Cup final.
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