Mbappé Might Wear A Mask For His Real Madrid Debut – Deschamps

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France coach Didier Deschamps has said Kylian Mbappé will “have to get used to” playing with a mask, suggesting the Real Madrid forward might have to do so “for a couple more weeks, or maybe months.”

On June 17, during France’s opening Euro 2024 match against Austria, Mbappé cracked his nose. He was not present for their next group encounter against the Netherlands, but he did wear a facemask for their matches against Poland, Belgium, and Portugal.

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The France captain has described playing with a mask as “horrible” and “really annoying,” saying it “limits your vision” and “the sweat gets blocked up.”

Real Madrid’s first competitive game of the season is the UEFA Super Cup with Atalanta on Aug. 14 after their three-game U.S. pre-season tour — before they kick off their LaLiga campaign for 2024-25 four days later.

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“We wanted him to rest as much as possible,” Deschamps said, when asked about Mbappé’s condition on Monday ahead of France’s Euro 2024 semifinal with Spain.

“We would have loved to have had one more day to rest. We’ve done everything possible for him to do so, and I’m convinced that mentally he’s in good condition.”

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Mbappé is the only player with a goal at the Euros; he scored a penalty against Poland in the group stage and was replaced in the extra period of France’s quarterfinal penalty shootout victory over Portugal.

“He had a back problem, the mask, the blow to the nose,” Deschamps said. “It could have been the end of the championship, but he is still with us. He is getting used to his new playing conditions and I am convinced that he will give his all.

“It’s a new situation for Kylian, the fact that he has to wear a mask. It’s a bit different, he doesn’t see exactly the same. It’s something you have to get used to.

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“The bruise has disappeared and his nose is a little better every day. He’s going to have to get used to it, and he’s going to have to wear it for a couple more weeks or maybe months.”

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