Didier Deschamps Says There Is 'No Particular Concern' over Kylian Mbappe Injury

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2018

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 20:  Kylian Mbappe of France reacts after being injured following a tackle by Uruguay's goalie Martin Campana during the international friendly match between France and Uruguay at Stade de France on November 20, 2018 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
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France manager Didier Deschamps has played down fears that Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is set for a long spell on the sidelines after his injury against Uruguay on Tuesday. 

The forward was withdrawn from the 1-0 win against the South Americans after 36 minutes following an awkward fall, and as he came off the pitch he appeared to be in some discomfort. But speaking about Mbappe after the game, Deschamps said he doesn't believe the problem is serious, per Patric Ridge of Goal.

"He had a shoulder pain after his fall, and he has to take exams on Wednesday morning," said the France boss. "But there is no particular concern. There was a shock, a pain, but I do not think there was any twisting or tear."

Mbappe's night ended early after trying to round the Uruguay 'keeper: 

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Could the duo miss @LFC's trip to Paris? 🚑 "He has a sore shoulder, he's fallen badly." Kylian Mbappe, Neymar injury concerns for @PSG_Inside ahead of @LFC clash: https://t.co/zYxXjtMZd0 https://t.co/IeluuH4IeP

PSG supporters would've been concerned when they saw Mbappe take the tumble, with a crucial spell of fixtures ahead of the end of the calendar year.

While the capital club are romping clear at the top of Ligue 1 having won their first 13 games of the 2018-19 season, their hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages are in jeopardy.

At the moment they sit in third place in Group C behind Napoli and Liverpool, who they will face at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday, November 28. 

Tuesday's international friendlies did appear to be costly for PSG at one stage, as Mbappe's team-mate and fellow forward Neymar was also pulled out of the Brazil clash with Cameroon with an issue: 

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Gulp. https://t.co/YyxvOBMnzT

Supporters can at least take comfort in that Mbappe seems set to be ready for the crunch showdown with the Reds. In the current campaign, on the back of an extraordinary FIFA World Cup for Les Bleus, Mbappe has emerged as the key attacking player in Thomas Tuchel's team.

This season he's scored 11 times in the French top flight, as well as twice in the Champions League. From the right flank his surges into the penalty area, close control and remarkable composure in front of goal have made Mbappe one of the most devastating attacking players in the game.

As things stand, no player in Europe's top five leagues has outscored the PSG sensation: 

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Top scorers by league this season: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Premier League -- S. Aguero (8 goals) 🇪🇸 La Liga -- L. Messi / L. Suarez (9 goals) 🇮🇹 Serie A -- K. Piatek (9 goals) 🇩🇪 Bundesliga -- L. Jovic (9 goals) 🇫🇷 Ligue 1 -- E. Sala / K. Mbappe (11 goals) 🇵🇹 Liga NOS -- D. Sousa (7 goals) https://t.co/xg37RwmeEv

PSG take on Toulouse on Saturday and if there is any doubt surrounding the fitness of Mbappe there is no need for him to be risked. The team's record-breaking start to the season has meant there's little pressure on them in pursuit of the Ligue 1 title and even without the 19-year-old they should be too strong in that encounter.

It's the Liverpool fixture Tuchel will be planning for when the team do return from their international commitments, as a group-stage exit from the Champions League would be catastrophic for the Parisians. Ensuring Mbappe is in peak condition for that encounter has to be the coach's priority.