France’s B Team Plays Mini Friendly With Mbappe’s Condition Still Unknown Ahead of Netherlands Clash

France’s B Team Plays Mini Friendly With Mbappe’s Condition Still Unknown Ahead of Netherlands Clash

Elijah Odetokun
June 20, 2024 at 2:11 PM
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  • Favourites, France, opened their 2024 European Championship Group D campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory over Austria
  • Kylian Mbappe’s deflected strike off Maximilian Wober gave the French the victory against a well-drilled Austrian side
  • The captain walked out of the match with a broken nose, and Didier Deschamps assessed replacements in a mini-friendly

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Didier Deschamps is assessing his team ahead of their Euro 2024 second Group D game against the Netherlands on June 21 as he hopes to find Kylian Mbappe’s replacement.

Les Bleus began their 2024 European Championship campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Austria, courtesy of Maximilian Wober’s own goal off Mbappe's strike.

Warren Zaire-Emery, Bradley Barcola, Kylian Mbappe, France, Paderborn, Germany, Euro 2024.
Kylian Mbappe trains with his France teammates, Bradley Barcola and Warren Zaire-Emery, despite suffering a broken nose against Austria. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP.
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The captain left the match injured after suffering a broken nose following a collision with defender, Kevin Danso, and is in a race to be fit for the next match.

As seen in footage shared by the French Team on X, the Real Madrid attacker participated in last night’s training session with a taped nose, though it remains to be seen when he returns to action.

France’s B team wins mini friendly

Deschamps is quiet over whether Mbappe will be involved against the Netherlands despite some media reports ruling him out of action for the remaining two group games.

The manager engaged his team's fringe players in a mini-friendly against local team Paderborn U21s, running out 7-0 winners. The video was shared on the team's social media pages.

Paris Saint-Germain winger, Bradley Barcola, scored a hat-trick. His club teammate, Randal Kolo Muani, also got on the scoresheet, with Kingsley Coman scoring a long-range effort.

Barcola has made a strong case to start as the left winger if his former teammate is not medically fit to play, as he can do a similar level of damage in the position.

Bayern Munich star, Coman, is another option for the position in France's squad, as he can play on both feet to either send in a cross or cut in to shoot.

Kevin Danso apologises to Mbappe

Sports Brief reported on Kevin Danso apologising to Mbappe after the Real Madrid forward suffered a broken nose following their collision during France vs Austria.

The defender took to social media to issue an apology despite the incident being accidental and the forward colliding with his shoulder, which led to the broken nose.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.