Ibrahima Konate plays down Kylian Mbappe fears: ‘There is nothing to worry about’


Ibrahima Konate has insisted there is “nothing to worry about” fitness-wise when it comes to Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe did an indoor session on Tuesday and missed the outdoor training session with the rest of his France team-mates who played against Poland, who spent 30 minutes on the pitch. There was no indication he was injured.

France take on England in a World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

And Konate said: “Of course, I have reassuring news. It was a bit of recovery yesterday (Tuesday) after a day of rest. He stayed in the gym.

“There is nothing to worry about and there is no controversy.”

Asked whether he found it funny that people had thought Mbappe might miss the game against England, Liverpool defender Konate replied: “No, it doesn’t make me laugh. I don’t see what’s funny about it. He preferred to stay in the gym.

“We’re counting on him, as we are on the other 23. We need everyone to be healthy to face this big England team.”

Mbappe, 23, has been one of the stars of the World Cup. Mbappe scored twice in the 3-1 win over Poland on Sunday at the last-16 stage.

He is currently leading the Golden Boot race, with five goals and two assists to his name across the competition.



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