PSG boss calms fears over Mbappé injury during romp past Marseille

By Paul Myers - RFI
Football News AP - Aurelien Morissard
SEP 25, 2023 LISTEN
AP - Aurelien Morissard

Paris Saint-Germain coach Luis Enrique on Monday calmed fears over the fitness of star striker Kylian Mbappé who was substituted during the first-half of the Ligue 1 clash against Marseille at the Parc des Princes.

PSG were leading 1-0 when the 24-year-old was withdrawn. Portugal international Gonçcalo Ramos replaced him.

"Kylian was in quite a bit of pain," said Enrique after the victory on Sunday night that took PSG to third.

"But it doesn't seem to be anything serious. I think he'll be available soon. It was the right decision to bring him off."

Just before half-time Randal Kolo Muani scored his first goal for PSG following his 90 million euro transfer from the Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

"I don't think there's a better way to start than that," said Kolo Muani. "But there's still a lot of work to do to get better for the next match."

Ramos also opened his account for his new employers just after the restart and he added PSG's fourth in the closing stages.

"I'm happy because it's a huge win against a good team," Ramos told Prime Vidéo.

"And I'm happy because I've finally got my first goals for PSG. I've got to enjoy this moment but get ready to focus on the next game."

PSG play at Clermont on Saturday afternoon before travelling to Newcastle United for Wednesday night's second game in the group stages of this season's Champions League.


Newcastle - who thrashed Sheffield United 8-0 on Sunday in the Premier League - drew 0-0 at AC Milan in their opening Champions League tie while PSG outclassed Dortmund 2-0 on the back of an Mbappé penalty and Achraf Hakimi's slickly taken second goal.

The Morocco international was on the scoresheet again on Sunday night.

His sumptuous free-kick in the eighth minute started the rout against Marseille who are looking for a permanent boss following the departure of Marcelino on 20 September after a heated meeting with supporters groups.

"I'm very disappointed because we lacked character," interim Marseille boss Jacques Abardonado told Prime Vidéo

"I didn't recognise the team. We came in with a plan and it quickly went to pieces."