The World Cup winner was the match-winner in the first leg at Parc des Princes and is in line to make the cut on Wednesday
Kylian Mbappe has been included in Paris Saint-Germain’s squad for their Champions League clash with Real Madrid after an injury scare, and came through training unscathed on the eve of the game.
The 23-year-old fired PSG to a late 1-0 win in the first leg of the round of 16 tie at Parc des Princes to give the Ligue 1 leaders a narrow advantage to take to Santiago Bernabeu.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were left concerned that they would have to finish the job without Mbappe after he picked up a knock in training, but he was present with the rest of his team-mates as they travelled to Spain on Tuesday morning.
What’s the situation?
Mbappe sustained an injury during a PSG training session on Monday morning and subsequently underwent a series of medical exams to assess the damage.
GOAL confirmed that the initial medical checks had not revealed a fracture, with the club releasing an update on his condition via their website: “Kylian Mbappe received a shock on his left foot during training today. He was treated this afternoon.
“The clinical examination is reassuring and a new assessment will be made in 24 hours.”
Mbappe has now been named in PSG’s squad for the second leg of their tie with Madrid, which is due to take place at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
He was subsequently able to train normally on Tuesday, with no suggestion that his left foot was bothering him.
Mbappe’s fitness boost for PSG
Mbappe was absent from PSG’s most recent Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday due to suspension.
Lionel Messi took the World Cup winner’s spot in the number nine role but the French giants suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Nice, and Pochettino will be glad to have his top scorer available for selection again in Madrid.
Mbappe has 24 goals to his name from 34 appearances for PSG this term, and it has been suggested that the outcome of the Champions League clash with the Blancos will have a major bearing on his future.
GOAL has reported that Madrid are confident of signing Mbappe on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer, but PSG haven’t given up on tying him down to fresh terms and their chances of reaching a renewal agreement will surely be boosted if he can help them knock the Liga giants out of Europe.