Thierry Dusautoir is expected to miss France's opening World Cup warm-up clash with England after picking up a knee injury.
The French skipper suffered the knock in training this week and will rest for four days, leaving him short of time to prepare for the game at Twickenham.
As a result he will likely be rested for that game, as Philippe Saint-André casts a final eye over his squad before announcing the 31 players for the World Cup.
Les Bleus are currently training with 36 players, and have undergone training camps in the Pyrenees and the Alps in order to improve their fitness.
Among the five players likely to be cut, there will almost certainly be a back rower, with Dusautoir's absence potentially giving the likes of Fulgence Ouedraogo and Yannick Nyanga the chance to stake a claim for a spot.