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Real Madrid new signing Kylian Mbappe will start for France against Poland

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After being sidelined in the previous match against the Netherlands due to a fractured nose, Real Madrid and France forward Kylian Mbappe is now set to make his return and start in today’s game against Poland, reports L’Equipe

France’s head coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed Mbappe’s return to the starting lineup, emphasizing that his captain is “eager and ready to play.” 

Despite remaining unbeaten, France are yet to deliver an impressive performance in the tournament. Their sole goal in the victory against Austria was an own goal by Austrian defender Max Wober. 

Currently, France sit second in Group D, level on points with the Netherlands but trailing due to goal difference. Austria, meanwhile, are in third place with three points.

The stakes are high for France tonight and this situation heightens the importance of Mbappe’s inclusion in the starting XI for Deschamps. 

However, it is crucial to note that France are no longer fighting for qualification; they are vying for the top spot in the group, having already secured their place in the Round of 16.

With four points from two matches, France have guaranteed at least a third-place finish in Group D, which is sufficient to rank among the top four third-placed teams across all groups. 

Mbappe’s effect will be limited

Kylian Mbappe will start for France against Poland tonight. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Mbappe’s presence on the field tonight is vital, even though he will be wearing a protective mask due to his injury. Deschamps has acknowledged that while playing with a mask is not a significant constraint, it can limit the player’s vision to some extent.

“Mbappe has no problems with breathing but the way he sees, yes. For those who play with a mask, it’s not a constraint, but it does limit your vision,” said the France manager.

“He wears it because he needs to protect his face in certain incidents that could occur. There will be contact regardless of where you play, whenever you have those one-vs-ones. 

“Obviously, yes, it’s maybe hindering, but it’ll be something he’ll get used to. It’s like wearing those 3D glasses. We have as thin a mask as possible,” he added.

As the team prepares for this crucial match, the pressure is on to deliver a standout performance and secure their position at the top of Group D. 

Mbappe’s return is a significant boost for France, and his ability to adapt to playing with a mask will be closely watched. 

The team’s fate in the competition hinges on their performance tonight, making this a pivotal moment for both Mbappe and the French squad. 

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Photo by Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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