France captain Hugo Lloris is confident the team can cope without the injured Kylian Mbappe for tonight’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania.
Mbappe is currently recovering from a hamstring injury that he sustained during Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-0 win over Toulouse on August 25. Therefore, he will likely be out of commission for around a month.
Of course, this development in Paris couldn’t have come at a more unwelcome time for Didier Deschamps. As France are tied with Turkey and Iceland at the top of Group H, the manager needs every man available for this crucial phase.
The world champions will first meet Albania, who sit just three points behind them in fourth, tonight. Then they will welcome Andorra for another qualifier on Tuesday in Paris.
Although Deschamps can still count on the services of experienced duo Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. While the uncapped Lille OSC star Jonathan Ikone is also available for him.
“When Kylian is there we can rely on his individual quality, his speed, in the right of the pitch or in front,” Lloris told reporters during a press conference on Friday.
“We can rely on the experience of players like Griezmann and Giroud in attack to ensure the offensive side of the game goes in the right direction.
“When we wear the jersey of the French national team, when we are called into the French national team, there is a duty of [getting a] result. And even more in this qualification phase where we no longer have the right to make mistakes.”
Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Anthony Martial, Ousmane Dembele, Dimitri Payet and Alexandre Lacazette are also missing for France.
Les Bleus’ qualifier against Albania will take place at the Stade de France, with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).