PSG star Kylian Mbappe will miss out on the club’s Champions League quarter-final tie with Atalanta due to his ankle injury.
The 21-year-old forward was on the wrong end of a crunching tackle in the Coupe de France victory against Saint-Etienne on Friday and had been reduced to taking part in the celebrations on crutches.
And the French champions have now confirmed Mbappe will be ruled out for at least three weeks in a major blow ahead of their return to competitive action.
The statement from the club read: ‘As announced after the final of the Coupe de France against Saint-Etienne, Kylian Mbappe was examined on Monday in order to know the severity of his right ankle injury.
‘The examination performed today confirms a sprained ankle with external ligament injury. Following this, the recovery time is estimated at around three weeks.’
The former Monaco prodigy may be available for selection for the latter rounds of the prestigious competition, however, provided PSG can knock out their Italian opponents on August 12.
But he will now be forced to watch on from the sidelines after Loic Perrin’s shocking challenge left him prostrate on the turf and in agony.
The incident sparked a 22-man brawl which saw the defender dismissed after a VAR referral and six other yellow cards brandished.
A scan undertaken on Saturday revealed Mbappe had escaped ligament damage. But the severe blow left him facing a race against time to take on Atalanta, the surprise package in this year’s Champions League.
In a conversation with French president Emmanuel Macron after the game, Mbappe admitted to having heard his ankle ‘crack’.
But PSG supporters will have been slightly reassured over the extent of the setback after the forward also revealed: ‘It’s broken, you think? No I don’t think so.’
Mbappe has scored 30 goals in 34 appearances this season.
He also found the back of the net five times on the European stage as the Paris giants breezed through the group stage and edged beyond Borussia Dortmund at the next hurdle.