Kylian Mbappé Sustains Broken Nose Will Need to Wear Mask If He Plays on at Euro 2024

France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappé sits on the pitch after being injured during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Austria and France at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf on June 17, 2024. (AFP)
France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappé sits on the pitch after being injured during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Austria and France at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf on June 17, 2024. (AFP)
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Kylian Mbappé Sustains Broken Nose Will Need to Wear Mask If He Plays on at Euro 2024

France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappé sits on the pitch after being injured during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Austria and France at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf on June 17, 2024. (AFP)
France's forward #10 Kylian Mbappé sits on the pitch after being injured during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group D football match between Austria and France at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf on June 17, 2024. (AFP)

Kylian Mbappé suffered a broken nose during France's opening game at the European Championship and will have to wear a face mask if he plays on at the tournament.

The French Football Federation said Mbappé would not need surgery but did not specify how long it will take before he is available to play again.

“He will undergo treatment in the coming days, without undergoing surgery immediately,” France's Football Federation said in a statement. “A mask will be made so as to allow the No. 10 of the French team to consider resuming competition after a period devoted to treatment.”

The Federation said the decision not to carry out surgery came after he was treated by Dr. Franck Le Gall at a Dusseldorf hospital following France's 1-0 win against Austria on Monday.

Mbappé stayed on the ground after his face collided with the shoulder Austria’s Kevin Danso as he attempted a header during the Group D match at Dusseldorf Arena. His nose was badly swollen and blood poured from his face, turning much of his white jersey red.

Austria goalkeeper Patrick Pentz signaled for urgent medical assistance.

“We’re worried to see Kylian leave the field like that,” France midfielder N’Golo Kante said afterward.

France coach Didier Deschamps could not immediately say if Mbappé's tournament was over when questioned by media after the game.

“I don’t have the elements in my hands,” he said. “I cannot at this stage give the answer."

Mbappé's injury is a big deal for France, as the country's best player and the biggest star of the tournament. It's a concern for Real Madrid, too, after he left Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent to sign for the Spanish club in the offseason.

Mbappé is widely regarded as the heir to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world and led his country to the World Cup title in 2018 at the age of 19.

He became only the second player in history to score a hat trick in a World Cup final four years later in Qatar as France was runner-up to Messi's Argentina.

France's priority will be to get him back on the field and leading its bid to win a record-equaling third Euros. Madrid, which has already blocked him from playing at the Paris Olympics for France, will want him in peak condition for the start of the season.

If he is to play on at the Euros, he will need to wear the type of protective face mask worn by Son Heung-min and Josko Gvardiol at the World Cup in 2022.

But the speed of his return will depend on the level of discomfort he feels.

A broken nose can take weeks to heal and the National Health Service in the UK says sport should be avoided for “at least six weeks if there’s a chance your face might be hit.”

Mbappé, who has returned to the team’s training camp with the rest of the squad, appeared to see the lighter side of his injury.

“Any ideas for masks?” he posted on X.



South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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South Sudan Give US Huge Scare in Olympic Basketball Warm-up

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Basketball - USA Basketball Showcase - United States v Serbia - Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 17, 2024 LeBron James of the U.S. in action REUTERS/Rula Rouhana/File Photo Purchase Licensing Rights

South Sudan's basketball team came close to stunning the United States' collection of NBA superstars on Saturday before losing 101-100 in an Olympic Games warm-up in London.

The US trailed by 14 points at half-time before LeBron James came to the rescue with 23 points, including the key score with just 20 seconds left.

Anthony Davis added 15 points with 11 rebounds for the US, according to AFP.

For South Sudan, who are ranked 33 in the world, Marial Shayok scored 25 points while Carlik Jones had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Both sides will meet again in the pool stages of the Paris Olympics which get underway on Friday.