Champions League

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe could start against Leipzig in Champions League semis

Paris St Germain striker Kylian Mbappe could start Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final against RB Leipzig.

The French striker has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks.

But the French striker came off the bench for the last half hour against Atalanta last week to set up the winning goal as the Paris-based club came from behind to beat their Italian counterparts 2-1.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said: “Yes, he played 30 minutes against Atalanta and had no problems with his ankle,” Tuchel said.

“Since then he has had six days to recover, he will train and if there is the possibility for him to start we will see if can play the 90 minutes. We’ll decide if it starts or if he comes into play (from the bench),” he added.

Mbappe has scored 30 in 35 appearances in all competitions this season, including five in eight in the Champions League.

Big-spending PSG had never previously reached the semi finals of the competition.

“We live in the present moment, we deserve to be here, we have had an extraordinary journey and season,” Tuchel said.

“If we got this far, it’s because we worked for several months, at the highest level. We are ready, we are hungry, but we do not think about the historical side, because we are in the semi-finals and we are there to win,” the German added.

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