The World Cup is right around the corner. And while France stands as one of the tournament’s favorites, they might suddenly be in a spot of trouble. Tuesday, PSG and France star Kylian Mbappé would have to leave training after suffering an injury. According to L’Equipe’s Jonathan Johnson, it breaks down like this:
“PSG & France’s Kylian Mbappé forced out of les Bleus’ open training with a knock after a challenge from Marseille’s Adil Rami.”
If the injury proves serious, France isn’t short on attacking options. But this is arguably the last thing a nation wants to have happen just days before the World Cup. In a friendly against the USMNT over the weekend, forward Olivier Giroud would suffer a nasty head injury. And while he should be good to go for his country’s opener on Saturday, the timing is horrendous. But make no mistake about it: in 19-year-old Mbappé, France would be losing a budding star.
Before moving to PSG last summer, he would rack up 15 goals and 11 assists across 29 Ligue 1 matches for Monaco. Not only that, but he would add six goals in nine Champions League matches. This season for PSG, Mbappé put up 13 goals and eight assists across 27 Ligue 1 matches while racking up four more UCL goals (and three assists) across eight such matches. His explosiveness down the wing and technical ability on the ball would give any country fits. Now we have to wait and see how serious the injury is.
France kicks off their World Cup on Saturday against Australia. They are the clear favorites in a group they also share with Peru and Denmark.