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Mbappe nose injury: France Euro 2024 captain ‘better’, says Rabiot

Mbappe has reportedly had treatment rather than surgery

Kylian Mbappe playing football for France

Kylian Mbappe is “a little better” but the France captain’s chances of playing against the Netherlands at Uefa Euro 2024 on Friday remain “uncertain”, team-mate Adrien Rabiot has said.

Real Madrid striker Mbappe, who has scored 47 goals in 80 international appearances, suffered a broken nose during Les Bleus’ opening 1-0 win against Austria on Monday and will wear a protective mask when he returns to action.

“When I met him this morning, he was a little better,” midfielder Rabiot said on Wednesday, via L’Equipe. “He went to do other tests, I don’t know more.

“But the good news is that when I saw him he was better. I understand that Kylian’s [availability is] uncertain and he is not out yet.”

Mbappe Euro 2024 return

Rabiot added that he had taken encouragement from Juventus team-mate Wojciech Szczesny’s swift return after the goalkeeper broke his nose during a game against Torino in April.

“He was operated on the next day or two days later and he was available for the following match,” said the 29-year-old.

“The question is, did they take risks? [But] that’s why when I learned about Kylian, I told myself it wasn’t too serious.”

At seventh on Fifa’s list, the Netherlands, who came from behind to beat Poland 2-1 on Sunday, are the highest-ranked opponents France will face during the group stage.

Mbappe injury ‘hard blow’

Mbappe is yet to score at a Euro but was the top scorer at the 2022 Fifa World Cup, finding the net eight times alongside two assists.

“It’s a hard blow,” Rabiot acknowledged of the prospect of Mbappe missing out. “Our captain is a very important player, a leader.

“This will weigh particularly on opposing teams [in terms of] their way of preparing for matches. But we have an exceptional group, given the guys we have on the bench. We have the means to replace Kylian. It would be a hard blow but I have total confidence in our guys.”

Veteran Olivier Giroud and one of Mbappe’s team-mates at former club Paris St-Germain, Randal Kolo Muani, would be among Didier Deschamps’ options to replace the 25-year-old in attack.

France’s final group-stage match is against Poland on June 25.

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Ben Miller

Ben has more than 10 years' experience in sports journalism, covering two EURO tournaments, European club competitions, the Premier League, EFL and WSL and a variety of other major sporting events.