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Sport Herrera 'optimistic' over Mbappe as PSG focus on Champions League

15:10  01 august  2020
15:10  01 august  2020 Source:   goal.com

It smells good for Mbappé!

 It smells good for Mbappé! © Supplied by Sports.fr JOIE - TROPHEE - 07 KYLIAN MBAPPE (PSG) Victim of a sprained right ankle, Kylian Mbappé could well be operational for the quarter-final of the PSG Champions League against the Atalanta, August 12. Kylian Mbappé was forfeited, but he celebrated the victory of PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue as if nothing had happened, Friday night at the Stade de France, at the end of an endless final against OL (0 -0, 6 tab to 5).

Ander Herrera remains hopeful Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe will be back in time for the return of the Champions League . The France international watched on as PSG completed a domestic clean sweep on Friday, securing victory in the last ever Coupe de la Ligue final via a penalty

Injured superstar Kylian Mbappe could make a miraculous recovery to play in PSG 's Champions League Mbappe suffered a nasty ankle sprain in last week's Coupe de France final victory over Speaking on Friday after PSG lifted the Coupe de la Ligue, Herrera said: "We are optimistic with Kylian Mbappe 's absence didn't matter for PSG as they made it a clean sweep of French domestic

Neymar, Zsolt Lőw wearing military uniforms: Kylian Mbappe celebrates with his team-mates after the Coupe de la Ligue final win. © Jean Catuffe/Getty Images Kylian Mbappe celebrates with his team-mates after the Coupe de la Ligue final win.

Ander Herrera remains hopeful Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe will be back in time for the return of the Champions League.

Mbappe suffered an ankle injury during the Coupe de France final against Saint-Etienne on July 24, with the club revealing the "serious" sprain would likely keep the 21-year-old out for three weeks.

Three absent in the PSG group

 Three absent in the PSG group © Supplied by Sports.fr JOIE - THOMAS TUCHEL (PSG COACH) Besides Kylian Mbappé, two other Parisian players are not in the group selected by Thomas Tuchel for the final of the Cup of the League against Lyon. PSG unveiled this Friday morning the group selected by Thomas Tuchel for the Coupe de la Ligue final against Olympique Lyonnais .

Injured superstar Kylian Mbappe could make a miraculous recovery to play in PSG 's Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta, according to Mbappe suffered a nasty ankle sprain in last week's Coupe de France final victory over Saint-Etienne, with PSG releasing a statement saying the

Injured superstar Kylian Mbappe could make a miraculous recovery to play in PSG 's Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta, according to team-mate Ander Herrera . Mbappe suffered a nasty ankle sprain in last week's Coupe de France final victory over Saint-Etienne

The France international watched on as PSG completed a domestic clean sweep on Friday, securing victory in the last ever Coupe de la Ligue final via a penalty shoot-out against Lyon.

Thomas Tuchel had said on the eve of the match that Mbappe requires a "miracle" to be ready for the quarter-final tie with Atalanta, which takes place in Lisbon on August 12.

Herrera, however, is more upbeat over the forward's chances, though is confident the squad can still prosper without him.

"We are optimistic with Kylian. We have seen that he can walk quietly," the former Manchester United midfielder said after the game with Lyon.

"He's very professional, he's young. He really wants to play and we can be very calm. He works every day, morning and afternoon. But if it's not possible for him to play, we also have other solutions.

Injured Mbappé doubtful for Champions League in major blow to PSG

  Injured Mbappé doubtful for Champions League in major blow to PSG Paris Saint-Germain may have to do without Kylian Mbappé when they resume their Champions League campaign in August after the star striker suffered a sprained ankle during their French Cup final win. Mbappé was forced to limp off the pitch on Friday after he was brought down by a clumsy challenge from Saint-Etienne captain Loïc Perrin in the 26th minute. On Saturday, PSG said tests had revealed "a sprained right ankle with significant ligament damage", casting doubt on Mbappé's presence when the Champions League resumes.PSG went on to win the bad-tempered final against Saint-Etienne, courtesy of a lone goal by Brazil's Neymar.

They face a difficult test when the Champions League does resume, though, as PSG will take on in-form Atalanta in their quarterfinal match. That clash with the free-scoring Italians is the Champions League quarter-final game that will take place in Lisbon on August 12.

PSG 's victory meant they added to their Trophee des Champions , Ligue 1 and Coupe de France triumphs, further underlining their domestic dominance. That clash with the free-scoring Italians is the Champions League quarter-final game that will take place in Lisbon on August 12.

"Kylian is very important and I'm sure he will try to play."

PSG are next in action on Wednesday, taking on Sochaux in a friendly prior to resuming their European campaign.

All ties from the last eight onwards will be staged over one leg, with the Ligue 1 champions knowing a win over Atalanta will see them face either Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig in the semi-finals.

"It's a fantastic week for us," Herrera said after completing a dominant domestic campaign. "We won two titles and we are very, very happy.

"A lot of players have played and participated in this success - I can say that we are ready for the Champions League now."


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