PSG XI vs Man City: Kylian Mbappe on the bench – lineup, confirmed team news, Champions League squad
Mbappe suffered a calf injury that saw him omitted for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Lens in Ligue 1, and is only fit enough to be a substitute at the Etihad.
Mbappe was forced off late on with a thigh injury after scoring a brace in the 3-1 victory against Metz on April 24 and subsequently endured an uncharacteristically quiet first leg against City at the Parc des Princes, failing to muster a single shot in a European game that he has started for the very first time in his career.
The 22-year-old was largely held in check by another colossal performance from Ruben Dias as City recovered from Marquinhos’ early header to win 2-1 in Paris thanks to a Kevin De Bruyne cross that evaded everyone before drifting beyond Keylor Navas and Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick that went straight through a gap in the PSG wall.
PSG’s chances of overturning such a deficit have therefore been dealt a sizable blow with Mbappe unable to start.
Mauricio Pochettino has instead gone with a front four of Neymar, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi.