France still sweating over Mbappe’s fitness for Portugal game

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FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Stade Rennes – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – November 7, 2020 Kylian Mbappe of Paris St Germain is seen in the stands during the match REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / File Photo

(Reuters) – France striker Kylian Mbappe faces a late fitness test ahead of his Nations League A Group 3 clash against Portugal, coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday.

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

“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 said at a press conference.

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

The world champions are second in the table with 10 points, behind Europan champion Portugal, on goal difference.

The two sides shared points in a goalless stalemate in the first group meeting at the Stade de France last month.

Report by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris

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