Mbappe out, doubtful for Atalanta tie

• Star player to miss quarters

29 July 2020 | Sports

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Kylian Mbappe will be sidelined for “around three weeks” after spraining his ankle in the French Cup final, likely ruling him out of Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta on 12 August.

The France forward limped off in the first half of last Friday's 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne after a dreadful tackle that resulted in a red card for opposing captain Loic Perrin.

PSG on Monday said medical imaging had confirmed the initial test results of a sprained right ankle, with Mbappe also sustaining ligament damage.

The club indicated the expected timeline for his return was “around three weeks”, meaning he will miss this Friday's French League Cup final against Lyon.



Huge doubt

The diagnosis also leaves Mbappe a huge doubt for PSG's resumption of their Champions League campaign, although the 21-year-old could be fit to return for the semi-finals if Thomas Tuchel's side advance.

The latter stages of European club football's flagship competition will be played in a unique straight knock-out tournament in Lisbon due to difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

PSG against Atalanta will be the first quarter-final of the 'Final Eight' mini tournament at the Estadio da Luz, with the semi-finals set for 18 and 19 August and the final to be held on 23 August.