Mbappe feeling ‘a bit better’ after facial injury: France teammate Saliba

AP , Wednesday 19 Jun 2024

France striker Kylian Mbappe is feeling a “bit better,” teammate William Saliba said Wednesday, ahead of undergoing more tests on a facial injury sustained in the team’s opening game of the European Championship.

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rance s forward #10 Kylian Mbappe leaves the pitch after being injured during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Austria and France at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf. AFP

Mbappe broke his nose in an aerial collision during the 1-0 win against Austria on Monday and will have to wear a face mask if he plays on at the tournament.

France’s next match is against the Netherlands on Friday and the team has yet to officially confirm whether Mbappe is available.

“I saw him this morning, he was a bit better,” Saliba said through a translator at a news conference in Paderborn. “I think he was off to do more tests. I don’t know anything more.

“But when I saw him this morning he was a bit better.”

Mbappe does not require immediate surgery, the French soccer federation has said.

Speaking after Saliba, France midfielder Adrien Rabiot said he predicted Mbappe to return soon and compared the injury to one suffered by Rabiot’s teammate at Juventus, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Szczesny broke his nose against Torino in April, underwent surgery and was back the following week.

“A fractured nose isn’t the end of the world,” Rabiot said through a translator, “and Kylian should be with us pretty soon.”

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