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Why Kylian Mbappe is not wearing a mask for France vs Spain at Euro 2024

France captain Kylian Mbappe has been wearing a protective mask at Euro 2024
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Kylian Mbappe, the France captain, will not be donning a protective mask for the rest of Euro 2024 despite the nose break he incurred during France's opening win against Austria. The attacker was blood-soaked after colliding facially with Austrian defender Kevin Danso's shoulder, leading to his exit from the stadium in an ambulance.

Further analysis confirmed that immediate surgery wasn't necessary for Mbappe, and he bounced back to train two days later, sporting a specially-designed face guard in the French colours. This move quelled fears that he might miss out on the tournament because of the injury.

On Instagram, the 25-year-old forward dropped a big hint about his plans to return to the field, posting: "Without risks, there are no victories", despite a broken nose. He admitted he isn't a fan of playing with the mask but wore it in the round of 16 game against Belgium, the quarter-final match against Portugal but not during the semi-finals versus Spain on Tuesday night.

Although he remained benched while France secured a goalless draw against the Netherlands in group stages, head coach Didier Deschamps revealed Mbappe's intentions to play against Poland in their final Group D fixture. In this match, he scored a penalty leading to a 1-1 draw.

Before the showdown against Poland, Mbappe featured in a practice match, netting twice against Paderborn's under-21 team, while wearing his protective gear, marking his first competitive appearance post-injury. France immediately began preparing a mask for Mbappe as soon as the extent of his injury was revealed.

The 2022 World Cup golden boot winner's fitness is crucial to their Euro success. However that original mask, donned in blue-white-red, reflecting the colours of the French tricolore had to be discarded due to UEFA guidelines. These rules state any "medical equipment worn on the playing field must be of a single colour" and "must not allow the team or manufacturer to be identified".

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Mbappe sustained a nose injury when he collided with the shoulder of Austria's defender Danso. Blood was visibly seen pouring from Mbappe's swollen nose, staining parts of his white France jersey red.

This unfortunate incident overshadowed France's opening victory against Austria in Dusseldorf. Following treatment, Mbappe returned to the pitch, but was booked, leading him to be whisked off to hospital shortly after the match concluded.

Mbappe, who recently joined Real Madrid, made light of the situation on social media, comically asking his followers for "any ideas for masks?" But Mbappe is not wearing the mask against Spain tonight, with France's medical team having removed the requirement for him to continue wearing it.

It comes after complaints that the mask was uncomfortable and had been impairing Mbappe's vision.