Fri 03 February 2023 | 15:40

Julian Nagelsmann believes Mbappe’s injury is just PSG’s mind game

Through a statement on Thursday, PSG announced Mbappe will miss their Champions League first match against Bayern Munich after sustaining a hamstring injury. However, the Bayern boss believes the French striker will be playing.


Paris Saint-Germain

's 3-1 victory over Montpellier,

Kylian Mbappe

was forced off the field after sustaining a muscle problem during the first half. The French club confirmed on Thursday that the 24-year-old will be out for three weeks, meaning he will miss Les Parisians' last-16 first-leg clash with




Julian Nagelsmann

believes it's a part of the Ligue 1 club's mind games. He told his press conference ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga game against Wolfsburg:

"I don't think he will be out, I don't expect anything else. I don't know what [injury] he's got, I assume [he will be] playing.

"I don't know what he has. It's relatively vague on the PSG website.  If it's not a structural injury, I can't imagine him missing the game, but I don't know. Of course, they can play poker.

"I am preparing for the game as if he is going to play."

Sadio Mane

 returned to training last month after an injury that cost him the 2022 World Cup. However, the German coach ruled him out of the Champions League first leg against PSG.


I am expecting him back in the middle or at the end of February,"

Nagelsmann said of the former Liverpool attacker.

"Things are looking good and he's pain-free. He will definitely miss the first leg against PSG."

After a surprise deadline-day loan move from Manchester City,

Joao Cancelo

impressed Bayern's victory over Mainz. Nagelsmann added:

"He's a very likeable player and will help better us.

"He's a fighter who likes to play as much as possible and who wants to impact the game. He adds new options to our team. He was very strong in the first half against Mainz."



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