Mbappe a major Champions League doubt for PSG with 'serious ankle sprain'

Mbappe a major Champions League doubt for PSG with 'serious ankle sprain'

Neymar scored on the rebound in the 14th minute after PSG striker Kylian Mbappe sprinted clear and saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper Jessy Moulin, with only 5,000 fans in the 80,000-seater Stade de France due to strict health protocols.

The World Cup victor was later seen in the tunnel on crutches.

This was the first game in France after the league was ended in April because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Frenchman was playing in his first competitive fixture since March.

A minute's applause was held ahead of kick-off for the victims of COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of over 30,000 people in France, and in support of frontline workers.

While his accomplice was out of action, Neymar took it upon himself to lead PSG to the French Cup.

The German was also angry with the way Saint-Etienne had played from the start.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was forced off in the first half after being on the end of a strong challenge from St-Etienne's Loic Perrin, who was sent off for the tackle.

Mbappe was pictured limping through the stadium on crutches during the second half, leaving his participation in PSG's hectic upcoming schedule in doubt.

Mbappe received lengthy treatment but was eventually substituted after his right ankle was caught by a clumsy Perrin challenge that resulted in a red card for the centre-back in likely his final game for Saint-Etienne.

Speaking to Eurosport after presiding over PSG's 13th Coupe de France title success via a 1-0 victory over St Étienne at the Stade de France on Friday night, manager Thomas Tuchel had the following to say on the encounter.

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