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Mbappé is partially training two days before the French Euro clash with the Netherlands

Kylian Mbappe missed most of Wednesday’s group training two days ahead of France’s key match against the Netherlands in Leipzig after breaking his nose in his country’s opening win against Austria.

The France captain suffered the injury when he collided with Kevin Danso towards the end of Monday’s 1-0 win, with his nose coming into violent contact with the Austrian defender’s shoulder.

Mbappé, who set up Maximilian Woeber’s own goal to decide the match in France’s favour, emerged with his shirt covered in blood.

The 25-year-old missed the start of team training before taking to the field with a plaster on his nose to train independently with a fitness coach.

After exchanging a few short passes with the fitness coach, the star striker then joined his French teammates for a shooting exercise.

On Tuesday, the team’s technical staff indicated that Mbappé remained “doubtful” for the match against the Dutch team.

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

They added that he would not require surgery and said Real Madrid’s new signing would be fitted with a mask so he could return to action “after a period of treatment”.

If Mbappe is unavailable, he is likely to be replaced for Friday’s match by France’s all-time top scorer Olivier Giroud.

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



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