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‘Mbappe’s nose is a mess’


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Kylian Mbappe will not need surgery but will wear a mask when he returns to action after the France captain suffered a broken nose in his team’s 1-0 Euro 2024 win over Austria on Monday, the French Football Federation said. 

Austria’s Maximilian Woeber (second from left) is disappointed after scoring an own-goal against France on Monday

Collision with Kevin Danso

Mbappe’s head violently collided with the shoulder of Austrian defender Kevin Danso as they competed for the ball in the air late in the Group D opener in Duesseldorf. The star striker left the pitch in the 90th minute as blood poured from his nose, with a source close to the player later saying it was broken. Philippe Diallo, president of the French federation (FFF), told reporters that Mbappe would “not require an operation.” 

A statement published by the FFF confirmed the extent of the injury, saying Mbappe had undergone tests at a hospital in Duesseldorf before rejoining the France squad at their base in Paderborn, a two-hour drive to the east. 

France coach Didier Deschamps

Face mask may be used

“A mask will be made which will allow [Mbappe] to contemplate a return to action after a period of treatment,” the FFF said. However, it is not clear if that means Mbappe will be able to play in France’s next game, against the Netherlands in Leipzig on Friday. 

France coach Didier Deschamps was not optimistic after Monday’s match, which was decided by a Maximilian Woeber own goal late in the first half. “He is in a bad way. He is not well. His nose is a mess, that’s for sure. That is the black mark of the evening for us,” Deschamps said of Mbappe. Play had initially continued after the accidental collision, with Mbappe prone in the opposition box until Austria goalkeeper Patrick Pentz signalled to the referee that he required attention.

Mbappe was treated by the France medical team and his white shirt was streaked with blood. He came back onto the pitch and promptly sat down as the referee brandished a yellow card in his direction for re-entering the field of play without permission.

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