France’s Kylian Mbappe has been forced to allay injury fears for the second time in three days after he hobbled off the training park on Tuesday in Russia.
The Paris Saint-Germain ace, who is expected to start against the Caltex Socceroos in the FIFA World Cup™ Group C opener on Saturday, hurt his left ankle in a training ground accident with teammate Adil Rami.
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With the 8pm 16 June kick off – live on SBS and Optus Sport – fast approaching, Mbappe assured fans on social media it was “nothing serious” after he went to the ground in agony clutching his ankle after a challenge from Rami.
"I am doing fine, it was just a knock, so nothing serious but thank you for your messages," Mbappe tweeted.
The 19-year-old also called on France fans to not condemn Rami, adding: "Lay off my friend Adil Rami as it was not malicious."
L’Equipe report Mbappe attempted to resume training after the knock but was unable to and instead returned to the locker room for treatement.
ESPN captured the moment Mbappe went down under the challenge, with the attacker later seen limping back to the team bus with his left ankle strapped.
It comes just three days after Mbappe was again forced to respond to injury concerns, after he suffered a knock against the USA.
"Ice packs? No, it is just a knock," Mbappe said in the aftermath of the USA 1-1 draw.
"I hit the ball poorly and I fell – it is nothing serious. It will be treated, and it will go away."