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Kylian Mbappe injury: Didier Deschamps provides update on France star

When will he return? Deschamps gives Mbappe update
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France boss Didier Deschamps provides an injury update on Kylian Mbappe ahead of Friday's Euro 2024 clash with the Netherlands.

France boss Didier Deschamps has hinted that Kylian Mbappe could play a role in Friday's Euro 2024 clash against the Netherlands.

There has been concern over Mbappe's availability since he suffered a broken nose in Monday's 1-0 win over Austria in Dusseldorf.

Blood was seen pouring from the forward's nose after his face collided with the shoulder of Austria centre-back Kevin Danso.

Mbappe was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 90th minute before he was seen leaving the stadium in an ambulance.

France forward Kylian Mbappe after suffering broken nose against Austria on June 17, 2024.© Reuters

Deschamps hints at Mbappe involvement

France had already confirmed that Mbappe 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 that 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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