PSG sweat over Mbappe’s fitness as Real Madrid clash looms


PARIS, France, January 20Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe is being treated for a sprained groin with his Champions League game against Real Madrid less than a month away.

“Mbappe is undergoing treatment for left adductor pain and we will provide a fitness update on Friday,” PSG said on Wednesday.

Mbappe, 23, who is expected to move to Madrid when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season, has again been one of the club’s best performers this season.

With ten league goals and eight assists, Mbappe outclassed both Neymar and Lionel Messi while his four Champions League goals saw PSG through to the knockout stages.

In better news for the Parisians, Messi appears to be part of a return to action on Sunday when they host Reims after the Argentine caught Covid over the New Year holiday period.

Neymar has been sidelined since November with an ankle injury.

PSG will be hoping the three strikers will be fully fit on February 15 for their Champions League first leg with Real.

Mbappe has recently dismissed speculation that he will join Real Madrid ahead of this clash.

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“Not in January,” said Mbappe, whom Madrid tried to buy last July with an offer of 180 million euros ($209 million).

“The main thing I have in mind is to beat Real Madrid in February and March,” he said.

In October, Mbappe confirmed that he told PSG last July that he wanted to leave the club.

The World Cup winner has turned down a contract extension as time is running out.

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