Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé gave Ligue 1 a boost ahead of the Champions League quarter-finals against Atalanta returning to training earlier than expected, increasing the possibility that international France could be suitable for Neymar partner in attack when the parties meet on August 12 in Lisbon.
Mbappé was forced to retire with an ankle injury during the Coupe de France final on July 24 and has not been able to train since. PSG coach Thomas Tuchel recently said it would take “a miracle” for Mbappé to be fit for Atalanta but on Sunday he returned to group training after having worked alone with the ball the day before.
Mbappé wins the Atalanta fitness competition
Whether Mbappé will pass a fitness test before the quarter-finals or if Tuchel will risk it under the circumstances remains to be seen., but L’Equipe reported that after Sunday’s warm-up the French striker was able to take part in the group pass exercises and showed no adverse effects from the injury reported 16 days ago.
Mbappé completed the session without problems with his right ankle and worked with the PSG coaches, giving Tuchel the hope that he will be available to play a role against the Serie A team with free goals.