France face Belgium in their World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night, and Didier Deschamps was reportedly given an injury scare ahead of the encounter.
Les Bleus made a slow start to the tournament but after their thrilling win over Argentina, they saw off Uruguay last time out to advance to the last four.
Kylian Mbappe has been key in that run as he’s bagged three goals so far in this World Cup, while his pace, movement and overall threat is an important part of the France attack.
As reported by AS, Deschamps was seemingly given a scare over his fitness as the Paris Saint-Germain forward appeared to be missing from training on Monday, but the French coach has insisted that he has no injury concerns ahead of the encounter and it was merely precautionary.
“Nobody is out, even though we rested some of our players as a precautionary measure,” Deschamps is quoted as saying in the report. “Everybody should be fine for tomorrow.”
Having got this far, the last thing that either side will want is injury headaches, as they’ll be desperate to be at full strength with a place in the World Cup final at stake.
Should France defeat Belgium, either England or Croatia will await in the showpiece finale on Sunday as those two sides face off on Wednesday night.
Mbappe, 19, bagged 21 goals and 16 assists in 46 appearances for PSG last season, and after making his mark against Argentina this summer, he’ll be hoping to be fully fit to continue to emerge as the future star for club and country and deliver on the biggest stage.