Fri 03 February 2023 | 16:30

Galtier after Mbappe’s hamstring issue: "Injuries are part of the job"

The 24-year-old sustained a hamstring injury during his side's 3-1 victory over Montpellier on Wednesday as the club ruled him out for three weeks. Galtier defends PSG's handling of injuries believing Mbappe's injury is just unfortunate timing.

Being sidelined for three weeks,

Kylian Mbappe

will miss

Paris Saint-Germain

's Ligue 1 games against Toulouse, Monaco, and Lille, their Coupe de France clash with Marseille, and their Champions League last-16 first leg with Bayern. Scoring 25 goals in 26 games, Mbappe was crucial for PSG this term.

Ahead of Saturday's game against Toulouse,


told his press conference: "

We are in a unique season, with a World Cup in the middle.

"And I realize that at many other clubs with many internationals, there has been fatigue that has generated automatically and injuries.

"As a philosophy, I am in the habit of saying injuries are part of the job.

"We're sorry above all for Kylian. He is a competitor and always wants to be involved, but we can't have a season where we don't have physical problems, that's part of a season and part of the competition.

"It's even more so for a club with internationals who are in demand all the time, as much with club as with country.

"I don't think Kylian played too much. And from the moment you play, there is always an element of risk.”

Lionel Messi

will take a huge responsibility against Toulouse as he scored in their Wednesday victory as well.


Leo Messi was able to take matters into his own hands against Montpellier, as soon as Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos went off,"

said Galtier.

"He was a natural leader and the players put themselves at his service. I congratulated everyone for doing the work necessary to get this victory, which was difficult to obtain.

"The absence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe is inevitably damaging since there were many connections between these three players. I now have to organise the team, taking into account these combined absences.

"Leo Messi will continue in his usual role. It will be up to the players who will be at his side to seize the opportunities and for everyone to raise their level of play."



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