Kylian Mbappe will have to wait until the end of the season to show why he was worth the huge contract that kept him at Paris Saint-Germain, after being forced to miss the team’s Ligue 1 opener.
Mbappe, who was spotted in training on Thursday, will miss Saturday’s game against Clermont owing to an adductor injury, according to the reigning French champions.
That will undoubtedly be excellent news for Clermont, who suffered at the hands of Mbappe last season. The France international scored once in PSG’s 4-0 home win over Clermont, and then hat-trick in a 6-1 road defeat in April.
Mbappe’s absence was announced in a PSG team news bulletin, which stated that an update on the 23-year-old, who signed a new three-year contract in May, would be available in 72 hours.
This means that Christophe Galtier, who took over for Mauricio Pochettino last month, will be unable to field Mbappe alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi this weekend.
Galtier’s first competitive match with the big three will have to wait, possibly until the home game against Montpellier on Saturday, August 13.
Mbappe was also absent from last weekend’s Trophy des Champions match. He was suspended for PSG’s 4-0 thrashing of Nantes, with Messi scoring the opener, Neymar scoring twice, and Sergio Ramos also scoring in an all-star rout of last season’s Coupe de France winners.
According to reports, Mbappe’s new contract, which keeps him out of the clutches of long-time suitors Real Madrid, is worth over €50 million per year and comes with a hefty signing-on fee.
He was PSG’s best scorer last season, scoring 39 goals in 46 games across all competitions while appearing in only three Ligue 1 games.