Euro 2024: Mbappe's nasal injury casts doubt on his participation against Netherlands

France boss Didier Deschamps says Mbappe is 'not doing well' after sustaining a potentially broken nose

By Web Desk
June 18, 2024
Kylian Mbappe suffered a nasal injury against Austria. — Reuters

France captain Kylian Mbappe suffered a nasal injury in the heat of the game during their first group stage match against Austria in the European Championship 2024.

Mbappe was injured when he collided with Austrian defender Kevin Danso's shoulder during the match which his team won 1-0.

Philippe Diallo, president of the French Football Federation, reported that Mbappe does "not require an operation" but the extent of his injury is still unknown.

The dribbling master was covered in blood and received treatment instantly on the pitch. He was planned to be replaced by Olivier Giroud but the star went on the field without informing and was handed a yellow card.

In the post-match conference, France boss Didier Deschamps mentioned that the player is "not doing well" as he was severely injured.

"His nose got badly hit. We need to check it out, but it seems quite complicated, which is really very unfortunate for us.

"The medical staff are checking him out. I saw him on the massage table. He didn't get off lightly. It's still to be seen, and I cannot, at this stage, give you a precise answer," he added.

Mbappe, who has scored 47 goals in 80 appearances for France, helped set up France’s only goal against Austria when his cross was accidentally headed into their own net by Maximilian Wöber of Austria.

Moreover, Deschamps was asked whether Mbappe would be playing against the Netherlands on Friday.

"I'm not going to go into hypothesis, but the French team with Kylian will always be stronger with him," he said.

"If the news doesn't go along these lines, then we will have to fight without him."

Meanwhile, widely known as the best player in the world, he will be joining Real Madrid on (July 1) from Paris St-Germain this summer.