Mbappe Avoids Surgery, Will Wear a Custom Mask in the EUROs

  • French star Kylian Mbappe broke his nose in his country’s opening game at EURO 2024.
  • France beat Austria by 1-0 despite Mbappe’s injury, despite missing multiple good chances.
  • Mbappe was expected to undergo surgery and miss a large portion of the competition, but the latest reports suggest he will be back for the next game with a custom protective mask on his face.

Kylian Mbappe entered EURO 2024 with only one thing in mind: leading his France to a first European title since 2000! The team started the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Austria but almost lost the superstar for the rest of the competition.

Mbappe suffered a broken nose after an unfortunate collision with an Austrian defender late in the game.

Kylian Mbappe of France, right, collides with Austria’s Kevin Danso during a Group D match between Austria and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, June 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Mbappe’s nose was bloodied, and he was substituted almost instantly. France head coach Didier Deschamps was visibly worried after the game.

Mbappe was expected to go through surgery and miss a good chunk of the tournament, but the issue is less severe than initially expected. The star could return for his team’s next clash on Friday,

Mbappe to Wear Custom Protective Mask

The latest reports suggest that Mbappe will return to EURO 2024 soon, wearing a protective mask for the rest of the competition.

The player himself joked on X account, asking his followers for advice. His new team, Real Madrid, was quick to join on the joke, suggesting the following option.

It’s nice to see Mbappe in good spirits, and I’m sure that France will be relieved. The Real Madrid forward was a major favorite in the EURO 2024 Golden Ball odds and the main reason behind France’s status as a potential champion.

The Bookies Remove Mbappe from Golden Ball Odds

The leading betting sites online instantly reacted to the situation. Top soccer sportsbook BetUS currently doesn’t offer odds on Mbappe to become Player of the Tournament.

He was favored before yesterday’s game, but Jude Bellingham is the new most likely winner after scoring the only goal in England’s match versus Serbia. The odds for the Real Madrid playmaker are +400 after the opening round, which equals a 20% implied probability.

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