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France: Mbappé to return against Sweden, Deschamps confirms

Kylian Mbappé is set to return to the France team for their UEFA Nations League clash with Sweden, boss Didier Deschamps said on Saturday.

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Deschamps confirms Mbappe return against Sweden

Kylian Mbappé will be fit for France's clash against Sweden, national coach Didier Deschamps confirmed after Les Bleus beat Portugal to reach the UEFA Nations League finals on Saturday.

Mbappé missed Saturday's 1-0 win over Portugal in Lisbon, having also been sidelined for the friendly defeat to Finland due to a hamstring injury.

Mbappé "is keen and he is ready" - Deschamps

However, while France have booked their spot in the Nations League finals, Mbappé is set to be available to face Sweden on Tuesday.

"He will be there, he is keen and he is ready," Deschamps said.

France have played two of their nine Nations League games without Mbappé, winning both while scoring five times.

With the Paris Saint-Germain star, they have won four of seven while netting at just one goal per game.

N'Golo Kanté's 53rd-minute winner against Portugal sealed top spot in Group A3 for world champions France.

Deschamps lauds France display in Portugal win

Deschamps was pleased with his side's performance, saying they proved they were still among the best.

"It's one of the great games that we played. We can say that, thanks to the quality of the team opposite," he said.

"This proves the quality of the French national team, the ability to respond present in big games with great control, facing such an opponent.

"It's a great pride for me to see the players like that. It was not easy for some of them in the preparation.

"We had to be present. They did it. It’s a great satisfaction."