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Kylian Mbappe wasset to miss outfor PSG against Atalanta in the Champions League quarter-final after picking up an ankle injury in the Coupe de France final on July 24.
The France star was set to miss up to three weeks of action– but the Ligue 1champions were handed a massive boost as the forward was named in their Champions League squad on Saturday.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wasoriginally not optimistic about his starrecovering in time for the quarter-final clash, but Mbappe might be defying expectations and he could be set to feature muchsooner than expected.
"The deadline is short, super short," Tuchel had told reporters."We spoke with the doctor today and we decided to meet again on Saturday to see what phase he is in and if it is possible that he is on the bench against Atalanta.
"But I do not expect too much."
After the Coupe de France final, the club issued a statement saying that Mbappe would be forced to remain on the sidelines for three weeks - which initially ruled him out of the European knockout clash against the Serie A side.
"The examinationperformed today confirms a sprained ankle with external ligament injury.Following this, the recovery time is estimated at around three weeks."
Mbappe's potential absence for the quarter-final would be ahuge blow for the Ligue 1 champions, with the French international netting 30 goals and registering18 assists in 34 appearances for PSG this season –including five goals and five assists in the Champions League.
The French giants are heavy favourites heading into the tie against Atalanta, but the Italian sidehave proved to be a plucky team.
PSG are targeting aChampions Leaguesemi-finals berth for the first time since 1994-95.
The likes of Neymar, Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Thiago Silva, Mauro Icardi, Thilo Kehrer andPresnel Kimpembe have all returned to the squad after being rested for the midweek friendly against Sochaux.
Tuchel, however, stated thatMarco Verratti is set to miss out after nursing a calf injury picked up in training.