The striker Kylian Mbappé, victim of a sprained right ankle, will miss “about three weeks” of competition, assured Paris SG on Monday, which makes it very uncertain for the quarter of the Champions League against the 'Atalanta Bergamo, August 12.
The countdown has begun. The soap opera that coach Thomas Tuchel wanted to avoid at all costs, who wanted to protect his players from injury, has just started.
“The imaging workup performed on Monday confirmed a sprained ankle (right) with external ligament injury. Following this trauma, the recovery time is about three weeks, “said PSG about its top scorer.
” About three weeks “, this corresponds to the 19 days between the final of the Coupe de France won in pain against Saint-Etienne (1-0) on Friday, in the shock against Atalanta in Lisbon.
If he misses the meeting against the Italians, he could sign his return in a possible semi-final on August 18, in case of qualification, or even in the final, on August 23, if his club came to play it for the first time in its history.
Only certainty for the moment, “Kyky” will miss the Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon on Friday.
– The return of the curse? –
If there is no Mbappé, there is Neymar. If there is no Neymar, there is Icardi. If there is no Icardi, there is Di Maria. This Paris SG team has a lot of very good players, the absence of a player is not enough to weaken it, “Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said on Europe 1 on Sunday.
But the fact remains that it is 'is a blow for the PSG, which succeeded until then a preparation without a hitch in order to complete a historic quintuplet, the summer of its fiftieth birthday.
The young French international aged 21, who was the Parisian the more leggy at the start of the game, saw his momentum cut off by a dangerous tackle from Loïc Perrin which earned the Stéphanois captain a red card.
Replaced in the wake, Mbappé reappeared later at the edge of the field with crutches and a brace on his painful ankle, to watch the end of the match and participate in the trophy lifting ceremony.
This image brought back bad memories at PSG, linked to the absences of Neymar who had missed in 2018 and in 2019 the round of 16 second leg of C1 due to a n painful foot.
While the Brazilian, scorer against Saint-Etienne, seems this time in great shape, it is his French friend who is now fueling the thesis of the “curse” in the Champions League that the supporters.
– “Not good news” –
“Kyky” and “Ney” formed an accomplice duo on and off the pitch. Mbappé's exit against the Greens coincided with a downturn in the Parisians, who ended up delivering a very mixed copy, with many offensive shortcomings.
This is not at all good news ” , said Tuchel after the final.
“He is an essential player for us,” added captain Thiago Silva.
To support the rise to Atalanta, the German coach will have to find new solutions, with a limited reservoir in attack since the departure at the end of June of Edinson Cavani who has not renewed his contract.
Either he keeps his system, and thus replaces Mbappé by Pablo Sarabia or Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, or he changes the playing structure, adding a midfielder instead of a center forward.
With Lyon Friday, then a friendly against Sochaux (L2) on August 5, time is running out to resolve the difficult equation posed by the absence of Mbappé.
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