Kylian Mbappe has been ruled out for three weeks with a left-thigh tear and will miss the first leg of Paris Saint-Germain’s round-of-16 game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Mbappe sustained the injury in the first half of PSG’s game at Montpellier on Wednesday and limped off the field. TV cameras also showed him rubbing the back of his left thigh as he walked to the dressing room.
PSG said in a statement Thursday that tests revealed a tear in his left thigh.
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The injury comes at a bad time for PSG as it enters a hectic period this month. PSG plays away at bitter rival Marseille in the French Cup and in the league, either side of the home game against Bayern on February 14, 2022, It also has a league game at fourth-place Monaco.
Mbappe faces a race to be fit in time for the league game at second-place Marseille on February 26, 2023, The return leg against Bayern is on March 8, 2023.
His injury also raises questions about his recent workload. Mbappé played and scored for PSG just 10 days after playing in the World Cup final for France on December 18, 2022, where he became only the second player to score a hat trick in the final.
PSG coach Christophe Galtier selected him to face Strasbourg on December 28, 2022, and away to Lens on Jan. 1. The decision was taken in full agreement with Mbappe, who wanted to play in both games.