Sources: Mbappé unlikely to play vs. Netherlands

Kylian Mbappé is likely to miss France’s next game at Euro 2024 after suffering a broken nose in their opening match of tournament, sources have told ESPN.

The forward has avoided needing surgery on the injury, the French Football Federation confirmed, which would have ruled him out for the competition, and will instead wear a custom-made mask whenever he does return.

Sources have told ESPN that he is a major doubt for their next game — scheduled against Netherlands on Friday — despite Mbappé hoping he will be able to play.

France do not want to take any risks with Mbappé given he will be needed for the rest of the tournament, meaning he is unlikely to play any part in Friday’s game and instead return against Poland on June 25 should he be needed.

France earned a 1-0 win against Group D opponents Austria on Monday, marking a positive start for Didier Deschamps’ side as they chase a major title to follow up their victory at the 2018 World Cup.

Mbappé, who was taken to hospital in Düsseldorf after the match, posted on social media: “Any ideas for a mask?”

FFF president Phillipe Diallo told a news conference on Tuesday that he is hopeful Mbappé will return at the European Championship.

“You saw it, he had this injury to his nose, the news is rather reassuring,” Diallo said. “There won’t be an operation in the short term. Concerning his return, it is premature today to give a timetable, we’re going to wait for the latest information from the doctor this morning.”

“Everyone returned late from Düsseldorf, so we will wait for developments. But the information is quite positive regarding the operation which would have permanently removed him from the tournament, which is not the case.”

Kevin Danso, the Austria defender who Mbappé collided with, sent a message of sympathy to the France forward on Tuesday.

“I wish him a good recovery and I hope he can quickly get back on the pitch,” Danso said on social media.

“To French supporters: I am sorry that Kylian Mbappe was injured from our duel,” added Danso, whose back was turned when Mbappe’s face struck his shoulder.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.

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