Didier Deschamps confident Kylian Mbappe is fit enough to face Croatia


Kylian Mbappe should be fit to feature in France’s UEFA Nations League clash with Croatia on Monday, according to Didier Deschamps.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker was forced out when Les Bleus beat Denmark 2-1 at the Stade de France earlier this month.

Kylian Mbappe appeared to be critically injured, standing up after playing for Aurelien Tchouameni.

He stayed out of Croatia’s next game before coming off the bench to score France’s equalizer against Austria.

Deschamps is not sure how long Kylian Mbappe will play on Monday, but is looking to be in contention for a role.

Asked if Mbappe was OK, Deschamps told reporters: “Yes, according to him, although he still has a bad feeling.

“She is not as comfortable as she was earlier this week when she could not exercise.

“He was ready to do a half hour [against Austria], it was planned. He exercised where he was upset.

“We’re doing everything to make him available tomorrow.”

Another French striker facing various difficulties is Antoine Griezmann.

The 31-year-old, who spent the season on loan at Atletico Madrid, has not played for a club or country since making his debut in 2022, returning on January 6 in the Copa del Rey tournament defeating youngsters Rayo Majadahonda.

His last goal for Les Bleus was two months earlier in an 8-0 win over Kazakhstan.

Despite his hardships, Deschamps insists he and the team end up believing in the man who played a key role in their success of the 2018 World Cup.

“We’ve all had some good times, when self-esteem is low,” Deschamps added.

“For Antoine, it’s not a question of standing up. I trust him, and the team trusts him, he’s not at his best but this could happen to anyone.”

Defending champions France advanced to the Nations League Group A1 after three matches, drawing only Croatia and Austria only after losing to Denmark on the first day of the match.

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