Didier Deschamps reveals extent of Kylian Mbappe injury in Austria win

  • Mbappe set up the only goal of the game before suffering nose injury
  • France captain was then booked for re-entering field of play
  • Manager Deschamps has revealed the extent of the blow
Mbappe busted his nose in the win over Austria
Mbappe busted his nose in the win over Austria / OZAN KOSE/GettyImages

France manager Didier Deschamps has revealed Kylian Mbappe suffered a suspected broken nose during their 1-0 victory over Austria at Euro 2024 on Monday night.

Les Bleus captain Mbappe played a key role in the only goal of the game, crossing for Maximilian Wober to head into his own net, but later collided with Kevin Danso and was left on the Dusseldorf Arena turf requiring treatment.

Blood then appeared on the new Real Madrid forward's face before he was booked for re-entering the field of play without permission from the referee, eventually being substituted.

Speaking to TF1 after the game, Deschamps admitted his star forward has likely broken his nose.

He said: “A broken nose? Apparently yes. His nose is not right at all. We'll see. Obviously, it's tonight's negative. It’s only a nose, but it's very bothering for us."

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There was immediate concern for Mbappe / Image Photo Agency/GettyImages

France now face an anxious wait to discover whether Mbappe will be forced to sit out of any Euro 2024 games. While he may well be officially diagnosed with a broken nose, the former Paris Saint-Germain star could still play with a mask fitted if he is cleared of any other damage.

If Mbappe is ruled out of action in the short-term, Deschamps has a number of options to turn to in his absence.

Randal Kolo Muani and Olivier Giroud both entered proceedings as substitutes against Austria, while Antoine Griezmann could be deployed in a more advanced forward role if necessary. Wide players Bradley Barcola and Kingsley Coman were unused substitutes on Monday night.

Les Bleus are next in action Friday when they take on the Netherlands, who were also successful in their Euro 2024 opener as they saw off Poland 2-1 thanks to goals from Cody Gakpo and Wout Weghorst.