Christopher Galtier gives update on Kylian Mbappe’s availability for UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich

Feb 13, 2023

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Paris Saint Germain manager Christopher Galtier has said that they don’t want to take any risks with Kylian Mbappe’s injury. Hence, the French international is likely to miss the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich on February 14.

Mbappe suffered a ligament injury during the Parisians’ 3-1 win over Montpellier in Ligue 1 and had to be subbed off in the 21st minute. Mbappe has since warmed the bench in the next three games in all competitions and is likely to miss their upcoming Champions League clash as well.

Speaking after PSG’s 3-1 loss against AS Monaco on February 11, Galtier gave an update on Mbappe’s availability against Bayern.

“I don’t think so. Kylian is following his rehabilitation protocol, he suffered a major muscle injury. The player’s health is very important. There will be other games behind. There is a double confrontation, of other appointments. We will take zero zero zero risk on Kylian, hoping that we can recover Verratti on Tuesday and Messi,” said Galtier.

PSG have lost two out of the three games which Mbappe has missed since getting injured. They were shown the exit door from the French Cup after losing 2-1 against Marseille in the Round of 16 and have now lost to Monaco in Ligue 1.

Mbappe has netted the ball 25 times and provided six assists in 26 games across all competitions for the Ligue 1 holders.

While the Parisians have now lost two games in a row, defender Marquinhos believes that all is not lost. PSG still have a seven-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table and are in the Round of 16 of the Champions League as well.

We must not let the break happen: Marquinhos

“We must not let the break happen. We lost the French Cup, but we still have the Champions League and the championship to play. We are first in Ligue 1, and we have everything to play for in Europe,” said the Brazilian defender.

“We are going through a difficult moment, but we have to keep our feet on the ground to go for what we have left. … We have to bounce back quickly and perform better. We really need everyone to take a step back and improve their own performance. This will help the group and give confidence to the collective. If a player wants to speak up to improve things, let him do it,” he added.

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