Kylian Mbappe sat out of training ahead of France’s clash against Belgium but manager Didier Deschamps insists the forward will be fine for their World Cup semi-final showdown.
At just 19, Mbappe has been one of the stars of the competition, marking his campaign with three goals, while his performance in the last 16 clash against Argentina has been widely regarded as one of the best on show in Russia so far.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward was not pictured during training sessions ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Roberto Martinez’s side. But Deschamps has quickly eased concerns over the starlet, insisting he will have a fully fit squad to choose from.
‘Nobody is out, even though we rested some of our players as a precautionary measure,’ the France boss said. ‘Everybody should be fine for tomorrow.’
Deschamps’ comments would also appear to clear Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti to start against the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard.
The former Lyon starlet has been carrying a slight knee problem throughout the competition and was rested for the drab goalless draw against Australia in France’s final group game.
France are seeking their first World Cup final since their defeat to Italy in 2006.