Mbappe set to return for PSG against Real Sociedad


Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe (centre)
Mbappe has scored three goals in six Champions League outings this season

Kylian Mbappe is set to return for Paris St-Germain for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at home to Real Sociedad on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old France striker was an unused substitute for PSG’s 3-1 league win against Lille on Saturday.

PSG boss Luis Enrique chose to rest Mbappe for the game after he picked up an ankle injury in a French Cup win over Brest.

“Kylian Mbappe is available, just like the other players,” said Luis Enrique.

“When a team has a player like Kylian Mbappe, of course we know that the more he plays the better, because we all benefit from that.

“There is no doubt about it. He could have played [on Saturday] if it had been a final, but it wasn’t, it was not worth the risk.”

Mbappe has scored 20 league goals and three in the Champions League this season.

PSG go into the game against Sociedad with an 11 point lead in Ligue 1, while the Spanish side are seventh in La Liga.

However, PSG finished as runners-up in their Champions League group to reach the knockout stage, while Sociedad finished top of a group which included Inter Milan.

“Real Sociedad have a tight defence in the Champions League, they don’t give the ball away easily. We have to press them aggressively,” said Luis Enrique.

“They are certainly one of the best teams in the competition, that is why they qualified as group winners. They were in a group with last year’s finalists.”





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