France-Sweden (4-2): for Mbappé, a conclusive test

It was a game without a stake, but not without interest for Kylian Mbappé who was able to replay for 37 minutes, this Tuesday evening, against Sweden. More than two weeks after his thigh injury, on October 31, the Blues and PSG striker came into play in the 58th minute and passed a conclusive and reassuring test before his club’s trip to Monaco, Friday, and the reception of RB Leipzig next Tuesday in the Champions League.

With an assist placed on Giroud’s head, less than two minutes after his appearance on the field in place of Marcus Thuram, Mbappé quickly demonstrated that he has not lost any of his effectiveness in the last 30 opposing meters. We didn’t really doubt it, and if there was any doubt, they were mainly attached to his thigh. This one held and all of Paris is breathing. Positioned in the left lane of the tricolor attack, the number 10 did not force too much but he still offered two or three accelerations without showing the slightest discomfort. This implies that he has completely recovered from his injury and that the care started in Paris, and continued in Clairefontaine with the medical staff of the Blues, have borne fruit.

Deschamps shows goodwill towards PSG

We will still have to wait for a full and total confirmation of his rehabilitation. But Mbappé proves to those who criticized his presence with the Blues, that we can also heal in selection. And pretty good. Especially since choosing not to start in this game without a stake, Didier Deschamps showed his good will towards the Parisian club. Since the exit of Leonardo in September who had, then, denounced the “lack of respect” towards his club – the FFF had not informed the PSG of the positivity of Mbappé to the coronavirus – the relations between the two entities became normalized. DD and his men exchange regularly with their Parisian counterparts, on the state of form and health of internationals.

For Mbappé and his injury, the two staffs had agreed not to run the slightest risk and to take all the necessary precautions. Deschamps who, moreover, did not hesitate to leave Kimpembe 90 minutes in the field, stuck to it and had also warned his player on Monday evening. Sitting in the stand of the Stade de France with the other substitutes at kick-off, Mbappé deserted his seat a quarter of an hour before the end of the first period in the company of a physical trainer. He joined the locker room of the Blues where he began his warm-up before finishing his preparation on the sidelines until his entry into play. In total, nearly 45 minutes of warm-up which allowed him to enter directly into the match , and to better prepare the next events with his club.

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