Bayern Munich coach, German champion Julian Nagelsmann, said that French striker Kylian Mbappe will play with Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League final, accusing the French club of playing games.
On Thursday, Saint-Germain announced that his star would be absent for “three weeks” due to a thigh injury, which would prevent him from participating in the February 14 match in the French capital.
“I don’t think he will be absent,” Nagelsmann said, claiming that the Parisian club provided a hypothetical diagnosis of Mbappe’s condition.
He explained, “I don’t know what he has, (but) I assume he will play. What is said on the website is vague. If it is not a structural injury, I cannot imagine him missing the match, but I do not know.”
He added, “He prepared for the match as if he was going to participate.”
Mbappe, who scored 25 goals with Saint-Germain this season, including seven in the Champions League, was substituted in the 21st minute of his team’s 3-1 victory over Montpellier on Wednesday.
In addition to Mbappe, doubts revolve around the readiness of the Brazilian Neymar and Spaniard Sergio Ramos, but it is expected that they will be ready in time to face the German champion.
In turn, the Nagelsmann team suffers from several injuries, in light of the long absence of veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Moroccan full-back Naseer Mazraoui and French defender Lucas Hernandez.
Likewise, Senegalese striker Sadio Mane has been absent from the stadiums since last November, but he has returned to training, although he will not participate in the “Parc des Princes” site.
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