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Mbappé broke his nose in France’s Euro 2024 win

Mbappé broke his nose in France’s Euro 2024 win

Mbappé broke his nose in France’s Euro 2024 win

France captain Kylian Mbappe broke his nose during their 1-0 win over Austria at Euro 2024 on Monday, a source close to the player told AFP.

Mbappe’s head collided violently with Austrian defender Kevin Danso’s shoulder as they competed for the ball in the air. The star striker left the field in the 90th minute with blood pouring from his nose.

“It’s in a bad way. He is not well. His nose is a mess, that’s for sure. This is the black mark of the evening for us,” France coach Didier Deschamps told reporters at the end of the match in Duesseldorf.

Play initially continued after the accidental collision with Mbappe leaning in the box until Austrian goalkeeper Patrick Pentz signaled to the referee that the Frenchman needed attention.

Mbappe was treated by France’s medical team and his white shirt was streaked with blood as he walked on the touchline holding his nose.

The new Real Madrid signing returned to the pitch and sat down promptly as the referee waved a yellow card at him for re-entering the pitch without permission.

Mbappe was then replaced by veteran striker Olivier Giroud.

Deschamps said he could not confirm the extent of the injury when asked by reporters just before the French team returned to their base in Paderborn.

“He’s with the medical staff. It’s not a small scratch. I know he’s always talked about, but I can’t say more.”

Philippe Diallo, the president of the French Football Federation, later confirmed to reporters in Duesseldorf that Mbappe at least “will not require surgery”.

France’s next game is against the Netherlands in Leipzig on Friday, but Deschamps must wait to find out if his star player can play.

“I’ve always said that the France team will be stronger with Kylian in it,” the coach said.

“If we find out he won’t be there, we’ll fight without him. Kylian is Kylian and any team is stronger with him in it.”

Deschamps was pleased with the result to say the least as France got off to a winning start in their bid to win their first European Championship title since 2000.

“It’s good to start with a win against such opponents,” he said.

“We could and should have done better with certain opportunities. But overall it was positive and we showed that we are also ready for the fight.

“It’s important. We have quality and talent, but we also have to stay solid.”

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