Kylian Mbappe expected to play against Bayern Munich
The best possible news for PSG arrived on Sunday when it was reported that Kylian Mbappe was already back on the training ground at the Camp des Loges getting reps with the rest of his teammates.
This is hardly surprising for those paying close attention to PSG on a daily basis. Mbappe returned from the World Cup final and played at PSG just mere days after coming back from Qatar. He's just a physical specimen and a quick(er) return was always on the cards.
With PSG putting everything on the line on Tuesday against Bayern, having already crashed out of the Coupe de France (against Classique rivals from Marseille, no less) and losing points in the Ligue 1 complicating matters, the Champions League is the final chance at lifting a proper trophy this season in the French capital.
In other words, Kylian Mbappe is most definitely not missing this match, even if he has to play on one leg and using crutches.
Having suffered the injury on Feb. 1 in the game against Montpellier, Le Parisien is reporting that the France international is expected to play off the bench as a substitute on Tuesday, thus not making it to the starting XI at kick-off time.
Mbappe has been working with the doctors and the medical staff of PSG and both have determined he's fit enough to make the gameday squad and get some minutes of play--at the very least--against Bayern. The French newspaper goes on to say that coach Christophe Galtier is, at this point, "uncomfortable giving Mbappe more than 30 minutes" tomorrow, not wanting to risk a setback or another injury.
Finally, Le Parisien offers an idea of the team that PSG might deploy from the get-go in the first leg of the Round of 16, predicting a best-XI in which all of Messi, Ruiz, Hakimi, Ramos, and Verratti would be present after missing on starting last Saturday's game at Monaco.