Warren Zaire-Emery suffered a "big ankle sprain," per Didier Deschamps

France v Gibraltar: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers
France v Gibraltar: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages

Warren Zaire-Emery, in his debut with the French team against Gibraltar, suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of the game after a tough tackle at the end of his goalscoring action.

Although the player didn't suffer an injury preventing him from leaving the pitch on his own, and even with the initial diagnosis revealing no fractures, France manager Didier Deschamps revealed hat WZE has suffered a "good big sprain."

Deschamps said that at the time of his press conference, "the examination is reassuring," adding "there is no fracture but there is a good big sprain."

"[A long-term injury] concern is at least already put aside because it existed at the time," he acknowledged. "I prefer that [WZE] remembers his first game for his first goal than for other, more negative reasons. That's what he did, but it ended sooner than expected.

"I hope it won't be too long for him," Deschamps finished.

Kylian Mbappe, commenting on Zaire-Emery's performance, said, "He's ready! Playing like that for his first game, playing his [type of] game, that's his greatest strength."

Mbappe hopes that Warren's injury "is not too serious," saying that it was "a bit of the downside of the evening for the team and for us Parisians."

"We hope it's not too serious and we'll see what happens," Mbappe added, "but we must encourage and protect [WZE] outside of the pitch. On the pitch, you shouldn't talk to him, let him do his thing."