In the days leading up to Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 home fixture against Reims, there was doubt as to Kylian Mbappe’s availability for the match. He had been dealing with a notable groin injury, although he wound up being cleared for the contest.
Overall, Mbappe not only earned a start in the fixture against Reims, but he also played in 75 minutes of it and logged an assist.
In speaking after the match (via L’Equipe), PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino touched on why he elected to sub off Mbappe in the second half, as he noted that he simply did not want to take any risks with him after his recent injury.
“Regarding Mbappe, he had been spared this week but he felt good,” Pochettino said. “Obviously, he lacked rhythm after an hour. He was a little tired. We preferred to take it out so as not to take any risks.”
Mbappe has been in top form as of late for PSG, as he has recorded at least one goal contribution in seven of his last eight appearances in all competitions for the side.
Mbappe has notched 19 goal contributions with both 10 goals and nine assists in league play so far this season.