Kylian Mbappe will miss the first leg of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League last-16 match against Bayern Munich on February 14. Due to a thigh injury that will keep him out for three weeks, his club announced on Thursday.
After having two penalties saved earlier. The France star was hurt in the first half of Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Montpellier in Ligue 1.
Mbappe initially had a knock to the back of the knee rather than a muscle injury. According to PSG coach Christophe Galtier, but tests have since confirmed the true extent of the issue.
According to a statement released by the club. “Kylian Mbappe suffered an injury to the left thigh at the level of the femoral biceps” following tests.
In the event that he misses three weeks true to form. Mbappe can likewise hope to pass on next midweek’s French Cup last-16 tie against Marseille and countenances.
A test of skill and endurance to return for a possibly urgent Ligue 1 game away from similar rivals toward the finish of this current month.
However, PSG will be hoping that Mbappe. Who has made 26 appearances for his club this season and has scored 25 goals, will be fit for the March 8 second leg against Bayern in Germany.
The news devastated the French giants because they are trying so hard to avoid a repeat of last season . When they lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.
In recent years, the club owned by Qatar has grown accustomed to injury crises involving their star players prior to crucial Champions League games.
Neymar was unable to participate fully in their loss to Madrid in the last 16 in 2018 due to a fractured metatarsal. A similar problem prevented him from participating in their year-end defeat to Manchester United at the same stage.
After attempting to do so for more than a decade prior to the Qatari takeover in 2011. PSG is hoping to win the most prestigious competition in European club football for the first time.
Although they reached the final in 2020, losing to Bayern in Lisbon, and were beaten semifinalists a year later, they have been eliminated in the last 16 in four of the previous six seasons.
Despite Real’s interest in Mbappe, PSG convinced him to stay at the club and sign a new contract last year, hoping he would lead them to European glory.
Mbappe suffered the injury just over a month after playing well at the Qatar World Cup. He scored eight goals, including a hat trick in the final, which France lost to Argentina on penalties.
The timing is even worse for PSG because they had a disappointing end to the January transfer window on Tuesday. When they didn’t finish processing the paperwork to sign Hakim Ziyech on loan from Chelsea.
After Pablo Sarabia’s departure to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Moroccan winger was set to serve as an additional attack option for Galtier. He had already passed a medical, so he was ready to play.