PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has emerged as a major doubt for the second leg of PSG's Round of 16 tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday after picking up an injury in training.
Mbappé injured his foot on Monday morning ahead of the match on Wednesday and he is in a race against time to be fit in time for the game.
In a official statement PSG stated;
Kylian Mbappe suffered a knock on the left foot in training today. He performed treatment this afternoon.
The clinical examination is reassuring and a new point will be made in 24 hours.
Can PSG live without Kylian Mbappe?
The France star scored the only goal in the first leg as PSG take a 1-0 lead to Madrid. However this injury may be a blessing in disguise for the Parisians.
While Lionel Messi is the best player to ever live, when PSG signed it created a big headache for their manager Mauricio Pochettino. Messi, Neymar and Mbappe are an amazing front three going forward, but defensively neither one of the three particularly like tracking back which makes life very difficult for the midfield and defence.
It's impossible for Poch to drop one of the three but now the choice could be taken out of his own hand and he could bring in a forward like Angel Di Maria or Mauro Icardi who will do the pressing that Messi and Neymar won't.
That said, Mbappe was rested for PSG's tie against Nice on Saturday, which PSG lost 1-0.
If Mbappe is out for this game it would also take away some of the transfer drama that will loom over this match. Mbappé's contract at PSG is up in the summer and it looks set on that he will join Real Madrid. He's spoken about playing for Los Blancos for years and there's even photos of him as a child with Ronaldo posters all over his bedroom.
If PSG are with or without Mbappe for Wednesday it is going to be a tough challenge. They are also missing Spaniards Sergio Ramos and Ander Herrera for the second leg which will give Pochettino even more headaches.