Euro 2024: Mbappe escapes surgery after nose injury, to get custom mask

Euro 2024: Mbappe escapes surgery after nose injury, to get custom mask

France captain Kylian Mbappe has avoided the need for surgery but will be given a custom mask after suffering a “really bad” nose break for France at Euro 2024.

The Real Madrid-bound forward was forced off late on as Les Bleus opened their European Championship campaign with a narrow 1-0 win over Austria.

Mbappe was involved in the only goal of the game, with it his burst into the box and clipped cross that resulted in Maximilian Wober heading into his net.

Mbappe was, however, to suffer a painful end to proceedings following a clash of heads with Kevin Danso. The 25-year-old was left with blood pouring from his nose, and it was quickly determined that he had suffered a nasty break. Fears were immediately raised regarding his involvement in the rest of Euro 2024.

A statement from the French Football Federation has confirmed that no operation will be required, with Mbappe set to be fitted with a protective face covering. The FFF said: "Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose during the second half of the Austria v France match this Monday in Duesseldorf. The captain of the French team was first taken care of by the medical staff and doctor Franck Le Gall, who diagnosed a broken nose.

The diagnosis was confirmed during radiological examinations at the Duesseldorf hospital. Kylian Mbappe has returned to the base camp of the French team. He will undergo treatment in the coming days, without undergoing surgery immediately. A mask will be made to allow the number 10 of the French team to consider resuming competition after a period devoted to treatment.”

Mbappe left hospital at around 1 am, with France boss Didier Deschamps having said of his unfortunate injury: “He's got a really bad nose. We'll have to wait and see, the medical staff are dealing with it. We'll have to see what's going to be done and then how long it will take. It's very bad news for us tonight. The French team with or without him, this is not the same thing. I hope he can be there.”

France, who are hoping to have their talismanic captain back at their disposal, will return to action on Friday against the Netherlands. Their final Group D fixture is set to see them face Poland on June 25.

“He’s not doing well,” admitted Deschamps in his post-match press conference. “His nose got badly hit, that’s for sure. We need to check it out, but it seems quite complicated.

“Which is very unfortunate for us tonight. He didn’t get off lightly. It’s still to be seen [if he will play again]. At this stage, I can’t answer. I don’t know.”

Midfielder N'Golo Kante added to the alarm when he said: "We were worried to see Kylian leave the pitch like that. We don't know what the situation is but we want to see him back soon."