France attacker Kylian Mbappe will be fit to take his place in the starting XI for his country when they tackle Belgium in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final, despite missing Monday’s training session.
There were, however, fears that The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain hitman might miss the St Petersburg showdown against their neighbours after he missed a session along with Samuel Umtiti, N’Golo Kante and Benjamin Pavard, who have also been stalwarts of Deschamps’ starting XI as France have gone deep in the tournament.
Greater worries had been reserved for Barcelona centre-back Umtiti, who has been fighting a slight knee problem for the duration of the competition in Russia.
Benjamin Mendy, who is another to have had knee issues, was back training with the team, however.
MEANWHILE, The irony of Thierry Henry, one of France’s all-time soccer greats, plotting his own country’s downfall at the World Cup in Russia has not been lost on his former team mate Didier Deschamps, who calls it a bizarre situation.
When France go up against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday, the 40-year-old Henry will be on the opposing bench, looking to stop his country from advancing to Sunday’s final.
But for the last two years he has been serving as one of Belgium coach Roberto Martinez’s assistants, his first foray into coaching and seemingly an inspired choice if the rare reviews from the Belgian players are anything to go by.