Kylian Mbappe must prove his fitness ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League semi-final with Manchester City after he was forced off with a thigh complaint on Saturday.
The French striker continued his sensational form in a Ligue 1 clash with Metz, scoring in either half as PSG went top of the table with a 3-1 victory.
But Mbappe suffered a blow to his upper leg in the closing stages of the match and Mauricio Pochettino was forced to bring him off in the 87th minute.
The 22-year-old was limping as he exited the field, raising questions of whether he will be available to face City in Wednesday’s first leg.
Pochettino was eager to play down Mbappe’s injury after the match, telling Canal+ : “We think he’s okay and that he’ll be ready for Wednesday.
“We reviewed the action, we see the blow. We are not worried about him.”
Mbappe put PSG ahead in the fourth minute before Metz hit back just after half-time, but the World Cup winner was on hand to restore the lead just before the hour mark and Mauro Icardi secured the three points with a late penalty.
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Another stellar display took Mbappe’s tally for the season to an astonishing 37 goals in 41 games in all competitions.
Meanwhile, the result gives the reigning champions a two-point lead over Lille, although the second-place team having a game in hand in what is proving to be a thrilling title race.
Pochettino assessed his side’s performance against Metz before turning his attention to the clash with City, adding: “We controlled the game well.
“The team played well even if it is a shame to have conceded this goal at the start of the second half.
“The team played well and deserves this victory. It’s very important to fight to win the championship. Now it’s time for the European Cup. We are ready to face Manchester City.”
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