Didier Deschamps Explains Decision to Call Up Mbappe for France’s November International Fixtures

Paris Saint-Germain has not had much to go its way over the past couple of international breaks this season. Overall, several players have returned from the breaks with injuries, while a few came back testing positive for the coronavirus. Now, PSG is facing a dilemma regarding the upcoming November international break.

Kylian Mbappe recently missed PSG’s UEFA Champions League away group stage fixture against RB Leipzig due to complications with his hamstring. For a player who has been carrying the attacking load for the club as of late, PSG certainly would have preferred to see Mbappe stay back during the international break and continue to recover from his hamstring issue. But French national team manager Didier Deschamps thought otherwise and still decided to pick Mbappe for his squad list for November international fixtures.

In his press conference on Thursday, Deschamps (via RMC Sport) provided further clarification on the decision to call up Mbappe and even took it a step further to defend his call.

“There is no certainty that he cannot be available,” Deschamps said. “There are no certainties in the negative sense, I exchange with the player. The doctors also exchange. If I put him in the list, it is because there is a very high probability that he will be available.

“I understand the position of the coaches, there is no conflict to have. I do not interfere with what happens in the clubs. The interests may diverge between those who are a little uncertain, tired. I will stay on my line of conduct, I have never taken any risks, we do things calmly. I’m not against Tuchel, he has his matches to manage with an obligation of results, like everyone else. We will manage that with tranquility, serenity and in relation to the feelings of the player.”

Both sides will just have to wait and see on how well Mbappe progresses from his hamstring complications this week.

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