- The World Cup star left the game midway through the first half after clutching his right leg just below the knee as a result of a challenge.
- Video playback showed that centre defender Christopher Jullien had pulled back Sergio Ramos in the seventh minute, and PSG was given a penalty.
After defeating Montpellier 3-1 at the Stade de la Mosson on Thursday, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) widened their lead over the competition in Ligue 1. The injury to Kylian Mbappe, who had missed two penalties in as many minutes, however, cast a shadow over their evening. Mbappe’s penalty effort was blocked by Montpellier’s Benjamin Lecomte in the eighth minute, but the referee called for another attempt. Lecomte, on the other hand, diverted his second attempt onto the post before the France superstar tipped the rebound over the crossbar.
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#Mbappe missed 2 penalties in a row and another unbelievable chance 🤯❌#Ligue1 pic.twitter.com/e6QnFz3l30— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) February 2, 2023
Midway through the first half, Mbappe limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, increasing concern for PSG given the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 match against Bayern Munich is now less than two weeks away.
Kylian Mbappe leaves the field due to some injury!— Mision Champions ™ (@MisionChampions) February 1, 2023
No problem for Paris they have Messi 🐐🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/Z1zM333Ann
Mbappe suffers a thigh injury#𝐌𝐇𝐒𝐂𝐏𝐒𝐆— 🆉🅸🆉🅾🆄 (@zi_46) February 1, 2023
The ailment, according to PSG coach Christophe Galtier, may have been caused by a knock rather than a muscle issue.
We’ll see, Galtier added, “He took a knock to the back of the knee or the back of the thigh.”
He continued, “I’m not too worried. We’re not sure if it’s a contusion or a bruise yet. With the run of matches we don’t want to take risks with a very busy fixture list, but it doesn’t appear that serious.”
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On February 14, PSG will play host to Bayern, with the second leg taking place in Germany on March 8. They are desperately trying to avoid what happened the previous year, when Real Madrid eliminated them from the Champions League at the same stage.