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Deschamps: Mbappe fit to play against Croatia

Sun 12 June 2022 | 13:15

Didier Deschamps hopes that Kylian Mbappe can play on Monday, even though he has been having trouble with a knee injury.

Didier Deschamps

says

Kylian Mbappe

should be ready to play for France against

Croatia

in the Nations League on Monday. Paris Saint-Germain striker had to leave this month's 2-1 loss to

Denmark

at the Stade de France.

Mbappe seemed to get hurt accidentally when he pulled up after passing to

Aurelien Tchouameni

. He didn't play in the next game, a tie against Croatia, but he came off the bench to score a late equalizer for France against Austria.

Deschamps doesn't know how long Mbappe will play on Monday, but he seems to think he will be able to. When reporters asked Deschamps if Mbappe was fit, he said, "Yes, according to him, but he still has a feeling that's not ideal."

"He is much less uncomfortable when he couldn't train at the beginning of the week. It was planned that he would play for half an hour against Austria. He worked out the knee that was giving him trouble. We're doing everything we can to make sure he can come tomorrow."

Antoine Griezmann is another

France

forward who is having trouble of a different kind. The 31-year-old spent this season on loan at Atletico Madrid. He hasn't scored for his club or his country since his first game of 2022, a win over Rayo Majadahonda in the Copa del Rey on January 6.

His last goal for Les Bleus was in an 8-0 win over Kazakhstan two months ago. Even though he is having trouble, Deschamps says he and the team still believe in the man who was so important to their 2018 World Cup win. "We've all been through less good times when our confidence is lower," Deschamps said.

"For Antoine, it's not about where to stand. I trust him, and so does the rest of the group. He's not at his best right now, but this can happen to anyone. Trying to keep the title France is in last place in Group A1 of the Nations League. After three games, they have drawn with Croatia and Austria but lost to Denmark.


source: SportMob

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