Mbappe Fit, Martial Trained Separately For France

Kylian Mbappe is back in action to wear the French jersey ahead of the League of Nations (UNL) clash with Sweden, early tomorrow morning, while Anthony Martial is in doubt over injuries.

The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker was sidelined in a narrow 1-0 win over Portugal on Sunday, including a 0-2 defeat to Finland last week after a hamstring problem.

However, he had already undergone a full training session yesterday and was ready to grab a place in the meeting at the Stade de France.

“Kylian is fine – he took part in yesterday’s training session,” French manager Didier Deschamps said in a pre-match press conference.

“He will also take part in today’s session.

“I will talk to him to see if he can start the match or be put off the bench. These are two options that each have advantages and disadvantages.

“I will decide what is best for the team and for him. He has not played for two weeks so he is really excited. He wants him to be there tomorrow and if everything goes well, he will be dropped.”

However, Martial may not be fit when Deschamps confirmed the Manchester United striker had to train separately due to back problems.

The 24-year-old lined up in the starting line-up against Portugal and emerged the Frenchman who tested the opponent’s goal the most even though he failed to overcome goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

With the 22 attempts, Les Bleus team captain Hugo Lloris insisted his teammates offered a lot of contributions from just goals.

“If he is with us, it is because the coach shows confidence in him,” he said.

“He has adapted well as a result of his personality and attitude as a player.

“The manager has given him confidence. He helped the defense, went down to help Benjamin Pavard on the right, so that means he has the right frame of mind.”

At the same time, Deschamps demanded that Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud immediately get the minutes of the game if he intends to be selected in the Euro 2021 campaign next summer.

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