The French striker may sit out the match against Tunisia to ensure he is healthy for the Round of 16 because of some pain, according to RMC Sport.
Didier Deschamps has a good possibility of leaving Kylian Mbappé out of his team for France’s match against Tunisia today at the Education City Stadium in Doha. According to RMC Sport, the striker suffered a slight injury during Tuesday’s practice that, although not catastrophic, could be enough to keep him from playing against Tunisia.
France will play by the rules in the final group game since they have already advanced to the next round. That is a sufficient justification for not putting their top striker, who is said to have complained of ankle soreness after yesterday’s workout, on the line. The medical staff for France believes that Mbappé should not participate although there is no risk involved if he is not fully well. If he has fully recovered, Deschamps won’t take any risks either and will just give him a few minutes. Mbappé will be eager to give Qatar 2022 all he has since it’s another opportunity for him to shine on the big stage and raise his stats. With three goals, he is currently tied for the tournament’s top scorer with Marcus Rashford of England, Cody Gapko of the Netherlands, and Enner Valencia.
However, Valencia won’t be able to add to his total since Ecuador was eliminated yesterday. Mbappé will be motivated to take advantage of as many chances as he can since he has one eye on the Golden Boot. Additionally, he is one goal away from tying his World Cup career high of four goals, which he set in Russia in 2018.
Mbappé’s replacement this afternoon, if Deschamps chooses to play it safe, could be Eintracht striker Randal Kolo Muani, who, like the PSG superstar, began his career with AS Bondy, a team from the suburbs of Paris.
With six points, France has already qualified for the Round of 16 and even if they lose tonight, they might still top Group D. Deschamps is anticipated to alter his lineup when France faces Tunisia. The starting XI could include players like Kolo Muani, Mandanda, Camavinga (from left back), Fofana, Coman, and Thuram.