Kylian Mbappe is ‘raring to go’ for France’s final Euro 2024 group stage clash against Poland, claims Didier Deschamps… after masked Les Bleus captain scored twice in behind-closed-doors friendly

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Kylian Mbappe is ‘raring to go’ for France’s clash against Poland, according to Didier Deschamps, after missing out on their last Euro 2024 match with a broken nose.

The forward suffered the grizzly injury during Les Blues’ first group game, a 1-0 victory against Austria, after colliding with the shoulder of defender Kevin Danso.

But Mbappe took a step closer to a comeback after playing against German side Paderborn’s Under-21s on Saturday, a significant boost to boss Deschamps.

Now, the 55-year-old has revealed that the forward is in line to make a return to the France side and insisted Mbappe is ‘getting used to the mask’.

Deschamps said: ‘It’s better everyday. He was in our training sessions. The bruise has gone down a lot. He’s getting used to the mask.

Kylian Mbappe is ‘raring to go’ for France’s clash with Poland, according to Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps (right) revealed the France star is 'getting used to' his protective mask

Didier Deschamps (right) revealed the France star is ‘getting used to’ his protective mask

‘He wants to play, he’s raring to go. He wanted to play against the Netherlands and he wants to play tomorrow.’

After missing out on their 0-0 draw with the Netherlands on Friday, Mbappe instead took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly where he ran riot against the German minnows.

Sporting a sleek black mask, Mbappe scored twice and laid on two assists, having played in each of the friendly’s 30-minute halves. 

Both teams were told to avoid heavy contact to minimise the risk of injury and Mbappe emerged unscathed on the left-hand side of France’s frontline.

The game also enabled Mbappe, 25, the opportunity to test out the mask designed to protect his face after his nose effectively shattered earlier in the tournament.

Deschamps continued: ‘No problems with breathing but the way he sees yes. For those who play with a mask, it’s not a constraint but it does limit your vision. 

‘He wears it because he needs to protect his face in certain incidents that could occur. There will be contact regardless of where you play, whenever you have those one-vs-ones.

‘Obviously, yes it’s maybe hindering but it’ll be something he’ll get used to. It’s like wearing those 3D glasses. We have as thin a masks as possible.’

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