Pochettino to make a late call on Mbappe before PSG-Lyon match

Sat 18 September 2021 | 15:25

Paris Saint-Germain may be able to use its decorated trio of Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and Neymar, despite an injury for the Frenchman.

After his midweek injury, Kylian Mbappe has rejoined his Paris Saint-Germain teammates in training and might play against Lyon on Sunday. 

Mbappe subbed off with an ankle problem on Wednesday after assisting on PSG's goal in a 1-1 stalemate against Club Brugge. 

Mauricio Pochettino had five games before the October international break, beginning against Lyon, and included a

Champions League

game against Manchester City so that any absence would have been a setback.

The World Cup victor has a strong record against Lyon, scoring eight goals against them in

Ligue 1

this season, the most of any team in the league. 

Mbappe, though, might add to his score on Sunday, as PSG reported "good evolution" of his injury on Saturday. 

Pochettino added in a news conference:

"Kylian trained with the group this morning. We'll see how he is tomorrow morning to see if he's part of the group


Pochettino said PSG would

"try to use all our players while striking the right balance"

during this busy stage of the season, which is not helped by a rigorous international break for several of his players. 

Nuno Mendes

might make his PSG debut as a result, although the PSG coach has

"no date or specific information"


Sergio Ramos

' readiness. 


Lionel Messi

is gearing up for his first appearance in Parc des Princes. 

"Leo is calm," Pochettino said. "He knows he can make his debut in front of his fans.

"The team is focused on the game and improving on our Champions League performance and winning the game of course."

At Brugge, Mbappe, Messi, and Neymar began together for the first occasion, but none of them scored, with Messi still yearning for his first PSG goal. 

"Players need time, to know each other, to find affinities," Pochettino added. "It will happen with time. We have a very talented squad."

In December, Lyon's 1-0 triumph at the Parc des Princes was their first victory in 13 league visits, so there will be plenty of expectations this weekend.


source: SportMob

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