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‘We think he will be there’ – Mbappe, Pochettino’s optimistic PSG star, will be fit to face Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino is optimistic that Kylian Mbappe will be fit enough to face Manchester City in a massive Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Mbappe missed a right calf injury on Saturday as PSG beat Lens 2-1 to keep pace in the Ligue 1 title race.

PSG are looking to reverse a 2-1 deficit in Manchester on Tuesday after losing the semi-final first leg at home midweek.

What was said?

Talk to Canal + After Saturday’s game, Pochettino said: “Will Mbappe be there? I am optimistic. We think he will be there. We will see how it goes tomorrow. We will decide before the game.”

Regarding his team’s task on Tuesday, Pochettino added: “We had to win today and Tuesday [we have to] score two goals and not concede.

“The most important thing will be to win, more than to play good football. We’re going to try and focus on this City game and the tactics we should put in place.”

How did Mbappe get injured?

Pochettino said the forward suffered “right calf discomfort” after the first leg against Man City, although he is not sure exactly when the injury occurred.

“He received a blow that could have happened at any time during the match [against Man City]Pochettino said at his press conference on Friday.

“It can happen. It’s not a serious problem but it created a muscle imbalance in the calf.”

How is Mbappe doing this season?

The France international is in the middle of another fantastic campaign as he continues to establish himself as one of the best strikers in the world.

Mbappe has scored 37 goals in 43 appearances this season, including 8 out of 10 in the Champions League and 25 of 29 in Ligue 1.

Needing at least two goals on Tuesday, PSG are desperate to hope that Mbappe is fit to face the Premier League leaders.

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