Paris Saint-Germain made the difficult decision to not start Kylian Mbappe in the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg fixture against Manchester City. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino explained before the match that the team’s medical staff felt it was best for the forward to open the match on the bench due to his right calf injury.
Mbappe did not go on to make an appearance in the match as PSG crashed out of the Champions League competition.
For now, PSG still plans to be cautious with Mbappe’s calf injury. As noted by RMC Sport‘s Loic Tanzi, the team is aspiring to have Mbappe back by next week’s Coupe de France semifinal encounter with Montpellier.
PSG surely does not want Mbappe to re-aggravate the injury, especially as the team still needs his presence for its final league matches of the season. PSG currently trails league-leaders Lille OSC by a mere one point in the standings.
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