Will Kylian Mbappe play in Netherlands vs France at Euro 2024 after broken nose

  • Kylian Mbappe broke his nose during France's opening match against Austria
  • French captain collided with the shoulder of Austria's Kevin Danso
  • Real Madrid forward will wear a mask for the rest of the tournament
Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose against Austria
Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose against Austria / FRANCK FIFE/GettyImages

Kylian Mbappe's French jersey was dyed red by the end of France's 1-0 win over Austria in their Euro 2024 opener.

As a cross was hurled into the Austrian penalty in stoppage time, France's captain chucked his head at the ball, only to meet the shoulder of centre-back Kevin Danso. You didn't need to be a doctor to see that the Real Madrid star had broken his nose, with blood streaming from his nostrils.

French supporters have been left sweating on Mbappe's fitness in the days since, with a crucial clash against the Netherlands coming up this Friday. Without their talisman, Les Bleus will be a little nervous coming up against the 1988 European champions.

So, will Mbappe be passed fit for France's clash with the Netherlands?

Will Kylian Mbappe play against the Netherlands?

France v Austria - EURO 2024
Kylian Mbappe is key for France at Euro 2024 / Anadolu/GettyImages

It was swiftly confirmed that Mbappe had indeed broken his noise after he was taken to Dusseldorf hospital. He has since returned to France's training camp and has been pictured alongside his teammates as they arrive in Leipzig for Friday's match with the Netherlands.

For now, however, he remains a significant fitness concern for manager Didier Deschamps, with his participation against the Dutch in doubt. Fortunately, he doesn't need surgery and will feature again at Euro 2024 providing his injury doesn't get any worse, but he will need to wear a protective face mask for the remainder of his time in Germany.

Mbappe would be an enormous absentee for the French on Friday evening, with the 25-year-old having scored four goals in two Euro 2024 qualifying matches against the Netherlands. Up against a stern defence that contains the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake, Mbappe's unavailability could prove costly.

What has Didier Deschamps said about Kylian Mbappe's injury?

Didier Deschamps, Jesus Gil Manzano, Kylian Mbappe
Didier Deschamps will be keen to see Kylian Mbappe return / Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Deschamps provided an update on Mbappe's health shortly after the final whistle against Austria, suggesting things didn't look good for his skipper.

"A broken nose? Apparently yes," admitted Deschamps. "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."

Deschamps added: "I don't have the elements in my hands. He didn't get off lightly. It is still to be seen. I cannot at this stage give the answer. He's not doing well. He's with the medical staff.

"His nose got badly hit that's for sure. We need to check, but it seems quite complicated, which is really unfortunate for us tonight."

However, Mbappe's French teammate Adrien Rabiot has offered a slightly positive update on his situation.

"When we talk about Kylian Mbappe's broken nose, I do not think it is the end of the world. He can recover very fast. I also understand that he is not officially ruled out. So, things are not yet confirmed," stated Juventus midfielder Rabiot.

"We have an exceptional group of players, so I am not going to complain. But, I am not going to hide my feelings either – we all want him to play [against the Netherlands]."

On the eve of the Netherlands clash, Deschamps added: "Everything is going in the right direction after this major shock with the consequences. Yesterday he went out, he did a little activity. This will also be the case this evening. Things are moving in the right direction to ensure that he is available tomorrow."