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PSG star goes on crutches as Champions League looms

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe was forced off after a clumsy tackle by Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin in the first half of Friday’s French Cup final with an ankle injury.

Reacting moments after the match coach Thomas Tuchel said “everyone is worried” after the French star hobbled off  the pitch.

Mbappe received lengthy treatment but was eventually substituted after his right ankle was caught by a clumsy Perrin challenge that resulted in a red card for the centre-back in likely his final game for Saint-Etienne.

“Everyone is worried. Everyone who saw the foul is worried. Of course I’m worried,” stressed Tuchel after his team’s 1-0 win.

“We have to be patient because we don’t have any news. I think he will undergo tests tonight.”

A tearful Mbappe was replaced by Pablo Sarabia but the greater concern for PSG will be the severity of his injury ahead of next month’s Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta in Lisbon.

Kylian Mbappe on crutches after the trophy ceremony

He reemerged from the Stade de France tunnel later in the second half on crutches.

“It’s the third game against Saint-Etienne and it’s a third red card, each time in the first 30 minutes,” added Tuchel.

“It’s not all good news for us.”

PSG face Lyon in the French League Cup final next Friday before resuming their European campaign in a unique straight knockout tournament at the Estadio da Luz on August 12.

“I hope Kylian is going to recover as quickly as possible because he’s a vital player for us,” said PSG captain Thiago Silva.

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said he was “sorry” to hear of Mbappe’s injury and hoped it was “nothing serious” ahead of next month’s European clash.

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Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel admitted the forward was simply too quick for the 34-year-old Perrin.

“I hope it’s a minor injury for Kylian. The intention was to play the ball but it’s true that he was too fast,” said Puel.

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