Kylian Mbappe will be ready for Real Madrid derby

Paris Saint-Germain fans have been told that Kylian Mbappe’s injury will not hinder his appearance against Real Madrid in their upcoming Champions League fixture.


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PSG manager Unai Emery said in an official statement that their youngster will be fit to play against the Spanish champions on 14 February, and expressed hope that he would feature against Rennes in the Coupe de la Ligue semifinal at Roazhon Park on Tuesday.

There have been speculations in the media that Mbappe, who recently sustained an injury in a Ligue 1 match against Lyon may not recover fully before the CL game, but Emery says the France international footballer will be match-ready.

The former Monaco player was substituted after colliding with Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes during their humiliating 2-1 Ligue 1 loss.

Mbappe, 19, trained with the rest of PSG team on Sunday and Monday, ahead of the club’s Tuesday night fixture against Rennes in the French domestic cup.

Emery said Mbappe is ready for games but noted that the footballer needs more rest to regain mental and physical fitness before facing Madrid. This precautionary measure was based on the advice from PSG’s medical team, he said.

Speaking about the CL round of 16 knockout stage, Emery said: “He [Mbappe] wants to play but the doctors say that he has to be patient.

“We will see how our plans will go on Tuesday. Although we need on the pitch, it’s important that he returns in good shape. There are still four games to go.”

In the pre-match conference on Monday, Emery added: “I hope that Kylian will be there [in Rennes] but we are taking every precaution. He took a very hard blow, so he needs to be patient.

“He wants to play and if the doctor gives him the green light, he will be ready.”