Kylian Mbappe Suffers Hamstring Injury, out at Least 4 Weeks for PSG

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2019

PSG's Kylian Mbappe runs with the ball during the French League One soccer match between AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Louis II in Monaco, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
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Paris Saint-Germain took a major blow on Monday, as it was revealed Kylian Mbappe will miss up to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

The club confirmed earlier reports, per ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

OFFICIAL: PSG confirm Kylian Mbappe has injured his left hamstring. Will miss 4 weeks of action, depending on how the injury evolves. Edinson Cavani’s recovery from a right hip problem is hoped to take 3 weeks. Abdou Diallo has a bit of right eye trauma, but nothing worrying.

That means he could miss the start of the UEFA Champions League for Les Parisiens, who will already be without the suspended Neymar and could also miss the injured Edinson Cavani. The trio were automatic starters in key matches for the Ligue 1 champions last season.

Mbappe took a major step forward during the 2018-19 campaign, becoming just as influential to the team's good fortunes as Neymar. The Brazil star has yet to feature this season, amid persistent transfer speculation

Mbappe's talents saw him awarded the Kopa Trophy as the Best Young Player at the 2018 Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Mbappe has become the focal point up top for PSG, the player whose direct running gives Cavani somebody to combine with, as well as providing a target for Neymar's flair and creativity.

PSG lost their first Ligue 1 match of the season at Rennes, indicating they won't be able to cruise through the competition with the same ease they did in the 2018-19 campaign. With Mbappe and Cavani both sidelined, the following month could be daunting, although the international break will give them a short reprieve.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice in the 4-0 win over Toulouse on Sunday, and he'll be vital to the team's fortunes until the attacking stars return.