Kylian Mbappe missed France’s training on Tuesday just days before their crunch World Cup quarter-final with England, Daily Mail reports.
Les Bleus staff said Mbappe did not take part due to ongoing recovery work following their victory over Poland on Sunday, despite others who featured in the same match, including Olivier Giroud, who did take part in the session.
The Paris Saint-Germain star had complained of an ankle injury going into the tournament.
His absence from training will certainly have attracted the interest of England’s players and staff.
Traditionally, players take part in recovery sessions in the day following matches.
However, it has been two days since Mbappe helped France into the quarter-finals by scoring a brace in their 3-1 victory over Poland.
Giroud, who became France’s all-time record leading scorer in the same match, did take part in training – alongside the majority of those that also featured on Sunday.
Les Bleus staff though have played down any concerns insisting that Mbappe is still doing some classic indoor recovery work following the clash with Poland.
His absence will have been the biggest news among the truckload of English and Brazilian journalists who attended France’s open training session today.
However, they will have been disappointed as there was only about an hour of light exercise planned for key players.
Mbappe still has plenty of time to return to full fitness ahead of the clash with the Three Lions, with the two sides not playing until Saturday.
The 23-year-old’s match-up against Kyle Walker on the flank against England will be one of the most eagerly anticipated when the two European heavyweights meet up.Copyright © 2022 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.