Mbappe doubtful to start against Poland, says Deschamps

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Didier Deschamps has left Kylian Mbappe's presence in the starting XI against Poland in doubt. The French coach acknowledged, however, that the bruising is going down.

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France striker Kylian Mbappe "wants to play" after breaking his nose a week ago and missing a single minute of the 0-0 draw with the Netherlands, and is "adapting to the mask", although he is doubtful to start against Poland next Tuesday in the final matchday of Group D at Euro 2024.
"Will he start against Poland? We'll see in due course," France coach Didier Deschamps told 'Telefoot' on Sunday ahead of afternoon training in Paderborn.
"Everything is going in the right direction. The bruising is decreasing every day and he is getting used to playing with a mask, which varies his vision a little bit. He's fine," he added, without revealing whether he will be ready to play from the start.
The striker is already back in training with the team, and even took part in Saturday's match against Paderborn's reserve team, in which the substitutes from the match against the German side played.
"I think he wants to play in the next game. He's used to the mask, but I'm sure he'd like to play without it. When he is on the pitch, he will bring a lot to the team," said midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni.
"When he's on the pitch, he's 100 per cent. He was very good (in the training match against Paderborn's reserve team). He's getting used to his mask. He's doing well. He scored a goal, he made people score, he was fully part of the game," said Jonathan Clauss, his team-mate in the French national team, who also appeared in front of the press.

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