Lionel Messi and Mbappe returns to PSG training ahead of heavyweight tussle with Bayern Munich


Kylian Mbappe’s appearance at Monday’s training session has raised hopes he may be fit to feature against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe has returned to training ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, raising the prospect of the forward featuring after he was thought likely to miss the game.

Mbappe suffered a hamstring injury in PSG’s 3-1 win at Montpellier on February 1, leading the French giants to announce he is likely to be out for three weeks.

PSG boss Christophe Galtier stressed the need to carefully manage Mbappe’s injury, while Bayern counterpart Julian Nagelsmann accused the Ligue 1 champions of “playing poker” over his availability.

On the eve of Tuesday’s first leg of the round of 16 between the two European giants, PSG received a boost when Mbappe was pictured training with his team-mates.

Mbappe’s potential return could be key for a PSG side that has struggled in his absence and exited the Coupe de France against Marseille last week before being beaten 3-1 by Monaco in Ligue 1.

Since his PSG debut in 2017, Mbappe has made 57 contributions (34 goals, 23 assists) in 50 UEFA Champions League games – no other player has managed 20 goals and 20 assists in the competition during that period.

Lionel Messi was also absent for PSG’s horrific defeat in Monaco, although Galtier claimed he would return to training on Monday, and the World Cup winner was seen alongside Mbappe as the team stepped up preparations for Tuesday’s game.

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