Mbappe damage hits PSG at crunch time in season

An damage to a key participant is as soon as once more threatening to derail a Champions League marketing campaign for Paris Saint-Germain with Kylian Mbappe having been dominated out of the primary leg of their last-16 tie towards Bayern Munich.

Mbappe suffered the damage to his left thigh within the first half of PSG’s 3-1 win at Montpellier in midweek and needed to come off, having already twice missed a penalty within the early levels of the match.

It raises questions on PSG’s dealing with of a participant who starred for France on the World Cup proper to the top, scoring a hat-trick within the closing towards Argentina, however then opted to make an instantaneous return to coaching along with his membership.

He was ultimately afforded per week’s vacation firstly of January however he has not seemed as sharp as ordinary — his solely Ligue 1 aim because the World Cup was a penalty towards Strasbourg on December 28.

PSG have stated Mbappe shall be sidelined for round three weeks, which means he may miss three key Ligue 1 games in addition to a French Cup last-16 tie in Marseille.

Whereas he’ll hope to be again in time for the second leg of that Champions League tie towards Bayern on March 8, PSG should now hope that the presence of Lionel Messi and Neymar may be sufficient for them within the first game towards the Germans on February 14.

In current seasons the damage complications have normally been brought on by Neymar, who has had an inclination to endure from health points simply earlier than massive European ties.

However there should even be doubts about who can take Mbappe’s place within the crew, given {that a} January switch deadline-day transfer for Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech fell by means of, Pablo Sarabia has left the membership and centre-forward Hugo Ekitike should be too uncooked for an enormous Champions League tie.

No matter occurs, it’s a stinging blow to lose Mbappe now after PSG pushed the boat out to supply him a brand new contract final yr with the intention to lead the membership’s newest cost for European glory.

Within the meantime PSG have at the least prolonged their cushion on the prime of Ligue 1 to 5 factors and Saturday’s go to of mid-table Toulouse will give coach Christophe Galtier the possibility to have a look at different choices.

Galtier has already been struggling to discover a appropriate system for his crew in current games, switching from a three-man central defence to a 4-3-3 and a 4-4-2.

One participant who will hope to make extra of an influence is Warren Zaire-Emery, the gifted midfielder who will not be 17 till subsequent month however scored his first Ligue 1 aim towards Montpellier.

Participant to observe: Vitinha

The 22-year-old Portuguese prospect was a shock deadline-day signing by Marseille, who arrived from Braga for a price that would attain a complete of 32 million euros ($34.9m). He has scored 13 instances for Braga this season and his arrival boosts a Marseille facet sitting second within the Ligue 1 desk.

Vitinha opted to hitch the previous European champions regardless of reported curiosity in him from Premier League golf equipment comparable to Brighton and Hove Albion, Southampton and Aston Villa.

“They have been my first selection as a result of OM are a historic membership and one that’s famend all over the world. It was a simple resolution,” he stated.

Key stats

4 – Mbappe has not scored in any of his final 4 Ligue 1 appearances. You must return to the spring of 2018 to discover a longer drought.

13 – Backside membership Angers have set a brand new French top-flight report by dropping their final 13 games in a row.

10 – Rennes are on a membership report run of 10 straight house wins.

Fixtures (kick-offs GMT)


Paris Saint-Germain v Toulouse (1600), Troyes v Lyon (1800), Rennes v Lille (2000)


Clermont v Monaco (1200), Ajaccio v Nantes, Auxerre v Reims, Lorient v Angers, Strasbourg v Montpellier (all 1400), Brest v Lens (1605), Marseille v Good (1945)


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