Kylian Mbappe featured for Paris Saint-Germain Champions League quarterfinal against Atalanta, made good recovery from ankle injury, coach Thomas Tuchel.
“If he trains well on Tuesday evening and nothing extraordinary happens, he will be in the team on Wednesday,” coach Thomas Tuchel told reporters.
However, coach Thomas Tuchel did then suggest that Kylian Mbappe would most likely be used off the bench against the Italians.
“We are really pleased to have the possibility of finishing the match with Kylian on the pitch because that gives Neymar someone who likes playing alongside him,” coach Thomas Tuchel said.
Kylian Mbappe was left in a race against time to be fit for the start of the ‘Final Eight’ after suffering a sprained ankle in a crunching tackle early in Paris Saint-Germain’s French Cup final win over Saint-Etienne on 24 July.
The World Cup-winning France forward made his return to collective training at the weekend during Paris Saint-Germain’s training camp in Portugal’s Algarve.
Whether he starts or not, the announcement comes as a huge boost to the French champions as they aim to reach the semifinals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since the Qatari takeover almost a decade ago.
Meanwhile, Tuchel refused to rule midfield maestro Marco Verratti out of the rest of the competition, should Paris Saint-Germain go all the way.
The final in Lisbon is scheduled for 23 August with the semifinal on 18 August if PSG qualify. Verratti is currently out with a calf injury.
“We must wait and be patient with Marco,” said the German.
“Last week he couldn’t run. He has just started again but it is going to be very tight for the semifinals. But we will try everything like we have done with Kylian.”
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