French striker Kylian Mbappe has played down rumours of a potential injury scare, after he was seen limping out of training session on Tuesday. The PSG star was left clutching his ankle after a hard challenge from fellow countryman Adil Rami, but has since reassured fans that he is not carrying any serious injuries ahead of the World Cup.
For many, Les Blues are one of the dark horses to pick up football’s biggest prize in Russia this summer. Read any article about the French national team and you’re guaranteed to find numerous references to their impressive squad depth, and the fact that Didier Deschamps could field a secondary starting XI,and probably still make it to the quarter-finals.
The French boast such an embarrassment of riches, that losing Kylian Mbappe to a training injury would perhaps create a more level playing field for everyone else – or at least that’s what you’d think if you were a bitter England fan!
It appears however, that Mbappe is completely fine and will likely make an appearance in France’s upcoming group stage fixture with Australia (June 16).
“I’m fine, it’s just a knock so it does not matter but thank you for your posts ?? PS: And leave my friend @Rami13official it was not mean??” said Mbappe via Twitter.
Following Mbappe’s brief injury scare, the media quickly turned it’s attention to Antoine Griezmann, who is yet to confirm whether he will remain at domestic club Atletico Madrid next season. Griezmann had little to say about his future prospects, but the 27-year-old did have a few choice words about his country’s World Cup chances.
“We know it will be difficult, but we have the squad and the dressing room to achieve something big.” said Griezmann.
“We know that going forwards, we can hurt teams at any time, but we must also be strong defensively, that will be the basis [for success]”.
“As long as I am on the field, I am happy,” he added.
“I am better in the axis, but I can play right or left. I want to give the best of myself in the field, that is the most important, no matter where I play, I am at the service of the team.”