France still sweating over Mbappe's fitness for Portugal game

Kylian Mbappe faces a late fitness test ahead of France's Nations League A Group 3 clash away to Portugal.

Kylian Mbappe missed France's contest against Finland with a thigh injury. - AP

France striker Kylian Mbappe faces a late fitness test ahead of its Nations League A Group 3 clash away to Portugal, coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday.

The Paris St Germain forward missed Les Bleus’s 2-0 home defeat by Finland with a thigh injury that made his presence for the Portugal trip on Saturday uncertain.

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“He’s going to do the first part of the training session tonight on his own and for him, and others, we’ll assess tomorrow morning,” Deschamps told a news conference.

Defenders Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard and forward Kinglsey Coman missed the Finland game, which ended France’s 12-match unbeaten streak.

The world champion is second in the table on 10 points, behind Europan champion Portugal on goal difference. Both teams shared the points in a goalless stalemate in the first group meeting at the Stade de France last month.

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