Kylian Mbappe injury update by France boss Deschamps

Didier Deschamps, the manager of France, has made hints that Kylian Mbappe would be involved in Friday's Euro 2024 match against the Netherlands
Kylian Mbappe

(Football news) Mbappe’s availability has been questioned ever since he injured his nose during Monday’s 1-0 victory over Austria in Dusseldorf.

After the forward’s face struck Austrian center-back Kevin Danso’s shoulder, blood was visible streaming from his nose.

After Olivier Giroud took Mbappe’s place in the 90th minute, the player was last seen driving away from the stadium in an ambulance.

Deschamps hints at Mbappe involvement

France had already confirmed that Kylian would not require surgery, but there has been doubt surrounding his availability ahead of Friday’s game in Leipzig.

However, Deschamps has indicated that Mbappe could be involved in the second group match, revealing that the 25-year-old is making good progress in his bid to be ready for the Netherlands clash.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Deschamps said: “Everything is going in the right direction after this major shock with the consequences.

“Yesterday he went out, he did a little activity. This will also be the case this evening. Things are moving in the right direction to ensure that he is available tomorrow.”

If Mbappe is unable to feature against the Dutch, Deschamps may turn to the experience of France’s all-time leading scorer Giroud.

Mbappe set to don mask on return

Mbappe was pictured in training on Thursday wearing a mask in the tricolour colours of the French flag as well as featuring his initials and shirt number.

Deschamps has confirmed that Real Madrid’s summer signing will be sporting a custom-made mask when he returns to action.

The France boss added: “Kylian will be wearing a mask, yes, we don’t really need to know the details about this mask. I think you have enough moles to find out where the mask is coming from anyway.”

However, Mbappe will be unable to wear the same mask he wore in training as UEFA rules state that it must be of a single colour.

The 2022 World Cup finalists will progress to the last 16 with a game to spare if they beat the Netherlands on Friday.

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