Mbappé a chance for Atalanta?

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PSG midfielder Ander Herrera has revealed that there is plenty of optimism at the club that injured superstar Kylian Mbappé will be fit in time for the crunch Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta in Lisbon in 12 August.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel acknowledged after the win over Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue BKT final that his side had missed the injured Mbappé's pace in attack, but it seems that the capital club may not have to do without their mercurial World Cup winner for their crunch clash against Atalanta in 12 days' time.

After sustaining a severe ankle sprain in a horror tackle by Saint-Etienne captain Loïc Perrin as PSG claimed the Coupe de France title a week ago, Mbappé was all set for a three-week absence, which most took to mean he would be short of fitness for the quarter-final.

Going all-out

However, in the aftermath of the Coupe de la Ligue win, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera revealed that the 21-year-old prodigy is doing all he can to beat the clock.

"We're optimistic about Kylian. We've seen that he can walk comfortably. He's very professional, he's young. He really wants to play and we can rest assured; he works every day, morning and afternoon," said Herrera. "But if it's not possible for him to play, we also have other solutions. Still, Kylian is very important and I'm sure he will try to play."