The latest updates stemming from the French media suggest that PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury.
French hitman Mbappe has been sidelined for a little over a week now.
Thomas Tuchel’s men went head-to-head with Saint-Etienne in a French Cup final clash at the Stade de France on August 24th.
The capital giants eventually emerged with a 1-0 win, courtesy of Neymar’s strike with 14 minutes on the clock.
However, their victory proved far from a straightforward one for PSG.
The clash proved hugely ill-tempered, with one first-half incident in particular having seen tempers reach boiling point.
With half an hour gone, Kylian Mbappe burst forward towards goal, before being taken down by Loic Perrin.
Upon replays being broadcast, it quickly became clear that the Saint-Etienne stopper’s challenge was a nasty one, with Mbappe’s ankle having jarred in worrying fashion.
As such, following a major scuffle between the two sets of players, Perrin was eventually given his marching orders.
Mbappe, meanwhile, was stretchered off in a flood of tears, in concerning scenes for all associated with the French champions.
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Mbappe to face Atalanta?
The widespread assumption, based on Mbappe’s initial reaction, was that the 21-year-old was set to be sidelined for some time.
Any extended absence would of course have ruled him out of PSG’s upcoming meeting with Atalanta.
Tuchel’s outfit are set to go head-to-head with the Serie A high-flyers on August 12th, in a one-off Champions League quarter-final tie.
As outlined above, though, if the latest updates stemming from the French media are to be believed, then Mbappe’s potential participation versus La Dea has not yet been ruled out.
According to the reliable L’Equipe, the latest tests on the young striker’s ankle proved ‘reassuring’, with any remaining swelling ‘deflating rapidly’.
This has even led to the suggestion that Mbappe could return to training over the coming days.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.