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Pochettino hopes Mbappé knock not too serious

Publish on 24/04/2021 at 20:27 - D. CROSSAN

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Mauricio Pochettino and Paris Saint-Germain will be hoping star striker Kylian Mbappé recovers in time for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final against Manchester City after limping off late in the Round 34 win at Metz.

Mbappé had scored twice to move onto 25 league goals for the season before exiting the field in pain in the 87th minute. Pochettino said: "He took a knock to the thigh. We hope it's not too serious. Kylian was calm when he was replaced but even a simple knock is always painful."

Metz equalised early in the second half before the champions pulled away to a 3-1 success to go two points clear at the top of the play ahead of the Sunday action. Pochettino commented: our performance was good and we were professional. We are very happy, the three points were the objective, we got them and we are now in a good position for the title race, which is a huge objective for the end of the season.

"It's important to continue to battle, to maintain this mentality and to play as we are in each match with our strengths. We are on the right track, there is still a month of competitive football to go, we are still in the cup, in the league and in the Champions League. We are battling to win all three, we want to accomplish what we want to do at the end of the season."

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Italian midfielder Marco Verratti managed a full 90 minutes in the number 10 position as he tried to get match fit before City.  Verratti said: "I am happy to have been able to play 90 minutes. It has been a tough time with Covid, but I trained well all week and I am feeling good."

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