Kylian Mbappe’s right calf injury was the main injury storyline heading into the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg contest between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. As Mauricio Pochettino noted before the match, all parties elected that it was best for Mbappe to not start in the fixture, which he went on to not even feature in.
As noted by L’Equipe, there was no general feeling that if Mbappe had gone on to play in the match, he would end up worsening his injury. Instead, the French forward simply did not want to take any injury risk, especially as PSG still has multiple key Ligue 1 and Coupe de France fixtures remaining on its schedule.
Mauricio Pochettino added Mbappe to the team’s squad list as he felt that the forward was fit enough to at the least feature as a substitute off the bench. Still, the Argentine manager elected not to bring in Mbappe for an added boost in PSG’s attack.
PSG’s Champions League run has come to an end, but the side still could finish off the campaign as domestic double-winners.
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