Mbappe set to return against Atalanta

Kylian Mbappe is set to return to action for Paris Saint-Germain in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash against Serie A side, Atalanta on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old had been tipped to miss out after suffering an ankle injury during PSG’s French Cup final victory against St-Etienne.

“If he has a good training session today and nothing extraordinary happens, he will be with the team tomorrow,” Tuchel told his pre-match press conference.

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“We are very happy that he is with the group, and that we can have the possibility of finishing the match with him.”

Should the young Frenchman feature against Atalanta, it will come as a huge boost to Thomas Tuchel’s men, who are looking to go all the way in this season’s UCL campaign, having registered unimpressive outings in the past despite making huge financial investments.

Mbappe’s return will also represent ease on some of the pressure on Brazilian Neymar, who Tuchel believes has the ability to carry the PSG attacking threat if needed.

“I have the impression that there is always a lot of pressure on him, but he likes it,” said Tuchel of Neymar. “He is used to playing with this pressure.

“We are very happy that Kylian is also with the group and that we can have the possibility to finish the match with him because the two like to play together. Neymar is decisive on the big matches, and I am convinced that he can be the key man for us. He has the necessary quality for this kind of situation.”

Mbappe has scored 30 goals and registered 18 assists in 34 games in all competitions for PSG this season, notching his best season, statistics-wise.

Tuchel also gave an update on the fitness of star midfielder, Marco Verrati, who didn’t travel with the team due to a calf injury.

“There isn’t much time, but we will try everything,” Tuchel added.

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