FIFA World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappe misses training ahead of semifinal clash
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappe Misses Training Ahead of Semifinal Clash

Kylian Mbappe

France attacker Kylian Mbappe will be fit to take his place in the starting XI for his country despite missing Monday’s training session against Belgium in the semifinal clash on Sunday.

France will take on Belgium in the first semi-final of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The 19-year old Paris Saint-Germain hitman has enjoyed a significant rise to prominence during the tournament. He gave a stunning performance in France’s 4-3 win against Argentina.

Mbappe scored two goals and also won his side a penalty. The coach moved swiftly to cut these worries down, though. Deschamps told the media,

“Even if four players were missing from our session today as a precautionary measure, everyone will be available for tomorrow. Like all the players, they could have a little worry that dates back to playing with their clubs during the season.”

Greater worries had been reserved for Barcelona centre-back, Samuel Umtiti, who has been fighting a slight knee problem. Again, Deschamps was bullish over the Lyon academy product being available.

Benjamin Mendy, who is another to have had knee issues, was back to training with the team, however.

Earlier in the day, Mbappe had been the subject of a social media prank from Mendy. He took a photograph of his sleeping team-mate on the flight. The Manchester City man commented, “Too much Razmokets.”

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Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann were also in on the act. They took the revenge for the Atletico Madrid attacker, who had been similarly pictured sleeping by Mendy. And, Mbappe mimicking one of Griezmann’s goal celebrations. On that occasion, Mendy said, “Too much Fortnite last night.”

France will face Belgium, having lost 30 and won only 24 of their previous meetings. They have not, however, lost any of their three major finals matches against their near neighbours.

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