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Mbappé trains at European Championship 2024 with his nose bandaged, online post arouses curiosity | Football news

Without risks there are no victories,” the striker wrote on Instagram

Kylian Mbapp
Frenchman Kylian Mbappe is seen wearing nose patches as he speaks to coach Didier Deschamps during training REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

AP Paderborn (Germany)

Kylian Mbapp returned to light training on Wednesday with a bandage covering his broken nose in the French superstar’s first public appearance since his bloody injury that shook the European Championship.

A cryptic social media post earlier in the morning could have provided insight into Mbapp’s mindset as the world waits to find out how long he will be out of action.

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Without risks there are no victories,” the striker wrote on Instagram in the only comment yet from Mbapp or the French team management on a day when the Real Madrid-bound player underwent more tests on the nose injury sustained in the 1-0 victory. in Austria on Monday.

Mbapp showed up for a late afternoon training session at the Home Deluxe Arena in Paderborn about 30 minutes after his teammates came out. He was initially seen running with the ball alone, with a trainer, and later spoke to French coach Didier Deschamps, before taking part in a shooting drill with other players.

France’s next match is against the Netherlands on Friday and the team has yet to officially confirm Mbapp’s availability.

Earlier Wednesday, the diagnosis about Mbapp was fairly encouraging from two of his teammates.

A broken nose is not the end of the world,” midfielder Adrien Rabiot said through a translator on Wednesday at a lunchtime press conference in Paderborn, where France is holding its training for the 2024 European Championship, and Kylian should be with us soon.

William Saliba said he had spoken to Mbapp and reported that the striker was feeling slightly better.”

Mbapp broke his nose when his face collided with the shoulder of Austrian defender Kevin Danso. Blood was seen coming from Mbapp’s badly swollen nose, turning parts of his white France jersey red. If he continues to play in the tournament, he will have to wear a face mask, his team said.

I saw him this morning, he was a little better, Saliba said through an interpreter. ‘I think he was away doing more tests. That’s all I know.

But when I saw him this morning, he was already a lot better.

Rabiot has compared the injury to that of his Juventus teammate, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. The Poland international broke his nose against Torino in April, underwent surgery and was back in the squad the following week.

There is widespread expectation that Mbapp will play a further role at Euro 2024, especially as France’s victory over Austria means the team is likely to progress to the knockout stages, which start on June 29.

France will not play its round of 16 match before June 30.

Rabiot stressed he did not know how long Mbapp will be out, but said playing without Kylian could be difficult.

He is a very important teammate and he is our captain, so it will have an effect on us, but also for the opponents it will be different to prepare their game, Rabiot said.

I’m not going to hide it, we definitely want him to play. (But) looking at who we have on the bench, I think we have what it takes to replace Kylian. If he’s not there it will be a little bit more difficult, but I trust all the great players we have in the team.

Olivier Giroud and Randal Kolo Muani are the options to fill in for Mbapp, who was nominally a striker against Austria but was allowed to roam left or right. It was from the right flank where he played in the cross for the only goal, a header into Maximilian Wober’s own goal.

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