Kylian Mbappe returned to the Paris Saint-Germain squad in the 1-0 first-leg loss against Bayern Munich last Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes as he came off the bench.
The 24-year-old made his first start since suffering his left thigh injury against Lille OSC on Sunday at the Parc des Princes, where he scored a brace in PSG’s thrilling 4-3 comeback victory.
After the win, Mbappe spoke with Prime Video and provided an update on how he’s feeling since returning from his injury.
“It’s better; I don’t feel 100 percent yet,” Mbappe said postgame (h/t Canal Supporters). “We see the game and the number of balls I touched. But at some point, I draw at the start of the second half. From the 45th to the 65th minute, I draw (physically).
“Afterward, it was pride that spoke because there wasn’t much energy left. We didn’t want to lose. It was out of the question to come home and lose, so we did everything to win.”
PSG will need a healthy Mbappe as Neymar Jr. left the contest against Lille with an apparent ankle injury. As a result, if the 31-year-old is out for a significant amount of time, the 24-year-old will have to shoulder the offensive responsibilities.
The capital club has two more Ligue 1 fixtures before their second leg match and they’ll hope a fully fit Mbappe will be the difference to help turn around the 1-0 deficit.