Didier Deschamps confirms Kylian Mbappe is fit for France’s friendly against South Africa after missing the world champions’ win over Ivory Coast with an ENT infection
- France boss Didier Deschamps has confirmed Kylian Mbappe is available again
- The PSG forward missed France’s win over Ivory Coast due to an ENT infection
- Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Christopher Nkunku lined up in attack on Friday
- The world champions will host South Africa at Lille’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Kylian Mbappe will take part in France’s friendly against South Africa on Tuesday after recovering from an ENT infection, coach Didier Deschamps said on Sunday.
The forward missed the world champions’ 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in Marseille when Olivier Giroud netted his 47th international goal, which put the AC Milan striker four shy of Thierry Henry’s all-time France scoring record.
‘He is much better, he will be there on Tuesday,’ Deschamps told French TV channel TF1.
Kylian Mbappe (pictured) will take part in France’s friendly against South Africa on Tuesday
He did not specify whether Mbappe would start the game.
In his absence, Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Christopher Nkunku formed France’s attacking line-up against Ivory Coast.
Mbappe has been in fine form for club and country this season, with 26 goals and 17 assists in 37 appearances.
His current contract with PSG is set to expire in the summer and is currently free to agree a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of France.
Mbappe missed the win over Ivory Coast on Friday but he has recovered from an ENT infection
Real Madrid were said to have three bids for the World Cup winner rejected last summer and could return for him at the end of the season.
Earlier this week, reports claimed Barcelona have joined Real in the race for the 23-year-old.
But the club’s president Joan Laporta insisted his side will not sign Mbappe if it risks their team spirit.