PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN star Kylian Mbappe limped into Le Bourget Airport this morning.
But despite appearing injured, the French sensation DID join his team-mates on their flight to Manchester.Kylian Mbappe touched down at Manchester Airport on Monday morning[/caption] Mbappe and Co checked into The Lowry[/caption] Mauricio Pochettino is back in the UK[/caption]
And they face a race against time to have their talisman fit to help them.
Mbappe, 22, felt pain in his right calf during last week’s first-leg.
And while it initially wasn’t thought to be too bad, the forward missed out on PSG’s 2-1 victory over RC Lens at the weekend.
He has reportedly not fully trained since, but was included in PSG’s travelling party.
Pochettino, 49, gave an upbeat update yesterday, saying: “I am optimistic, I still am.
“We think he will be there. We will make a decision before the match but I am optimistic.”
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, fully expects the French World Cup winner to be fit to play.Neymar was also among the travelling party[/caption] PSG have a huge task in overturning their first leg deficit[/caption]
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When asked if he expects Mbappe to be passed fit, Guardiola, 50, said: “Absolutely, I’m looking forward to it.
“He’s going to play. I’m looking forward to him playing. For the football, for the game itself, hopefully he can play.”
On the prospect of facing Mbappe and Neymar, defender John Stones said: “It is never easy whoever we come up against but on the big occasions it matters to the most.
“To come up against two world class players is exciting for us as defenders, to test ourselves and see how we can adapt and keep them quiet and I think we did that really well in the second half of the previous game.
“Another exciting spectacle and hopefully we can keep the whole team quiet, not just those two and get through to something special.”
Mbappe has scored 37 goals in 43 games this term – including eight in the Champions League.Angel Di Maria returns to Manchester[/caption] Some of PSG’s younger stars have travelled[/caption]
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