Kylian Mbappe may miss the rest of Euro 2024, admits France chief

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French football chief Philippe Diallo says it is "too soon to know" whether star player Kylian Mbappe will be able to play the remainder of Euro 2024 due to a broken nose.

The Real Madrid forward sustained the injury during a collision with Austria defender Kevin Danso in France’s 1-0 group stage win on Monday night.

After being taken to hospital in Dusseldorf, it was decided not to operate on Mbappe. He is expected to need a protective mask if he is to return to the team.

Losing the tournament’s biggest star would be a significant blow for France, who are joint favourites to win Euro 2024 alongside England, whom they could face in the semi-finals.

"The initial responses were quite positive as there is no surgery planned at the moment," said France Football Federation president Diallo.

"However, it is too soon to know if he will be able to play for the remainder of the tournament, or to provide a timeline for his recovery.

"Obviously, medical examinations were performed on site to assess Kylian Mbappe’s nose, and conclusions were reached fairly quickly.

"They tried to mitigate the impact of his fracture to enable him to remain in the tournament.

"As I mentioned, no surgery is planned at the moment, and we are still waiting for further developments to understand more about the conditions of his participation in the remainder of the tournament."

France face the Netherlands on Friday in a match likely to decide who tops Group D, followed by a game against Poland on Tuesday.

Mbappe appeared to suggest he hoped to stay in the tournament on Monday when he posted on social media asking for ideas for face masks.