Mbappe misses France training two days before Dutch Euro clash

AFP , Wednesday 19 Jun 2024

Star striker Kylian Mbappe missed Wednesday's training session two days ahead of France's key Euro 2024 clash with the Netherlands in Leipzig, after breaking his nose during his country's opening win against Austria.

Kylian Mbappe
France s forward #10 Kylian Mbappe, who broke his nose during his country s opening win against Austria, attends a training session during the UEFA Euro 2024 Football Championship, at the Home Deluxe Arena Stadium in Paderborn, western Germany, on June 19, 2024. AFP


The France captain suffered the injury when he collided with Kevin Danso towards the end of the 1-0 win on Monday, his nose connecting violently with the Austrian defender's shoulder.

Mbappe, who provoked the own goal scored by Maximilian Woeber which decided the game in France's favour, came off with his shirt covered in blood.

On Tuesday, the team's coaching staff indicated that the 25-year-old remained "doubtful" for the clash against the Dutch.

The French Football Federation said Mbappe had undergone tests at a hospital in Duesseldorf before rejoining the France squad at their base in Paderborn.

They added he would not require surgery and said that the new Real Madrid signing would have a mask fitted to enable him to return to action "after a period of treatment".

France and Netherlands are joint leaders of Group D after both sides won their opening matches, with the Dutch defeating Poland 2-1 on Sunday.

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