April 13, 2024

Mbappé out of Newcastle clash

Ethan Mbappé will have to wait a little longer before discovering the Champions League. On Monday, Kylian Mbappé’s younger brother took part in the final training session with the professional squad ahead of Tuesday evening’s clash with Newcastle, and for many, his presence in the group was a foregone conclusion. Not so.

Ethan Mbappé, who has appeared on the bench three tim…

Ethan Mbappé will have to wait a little longer before discovering the Champions League. On Monday, Kylian Mbappé’s younger brother took part in the final training session with the professional squad ahead of Tuesday evening’s clash with Newcastle, and for many, his presence in the group was a foregone conclusion. Not so.

Ethan Mbappé, who has appeared on the bench three times for PSG in Ligue 1 without coming on as a substitute, will probably once again have to make do with the Youth League, where he is a fixture despite being only 16 years old. There are no youngsters in the squad, which comprises just 19 players, whereas each team can have up to 12 on the bench for Champions League matches.

Kolo Muani to start?

While Ethan Mbappé has not been included, Marco Asensio is. As was already the case for Friday’s meeting with Monaco, the Spanish international has nevertheless remained on the bench for the rest of the season.147252

For the rest, Luis Enrique’s squad is unsurprisingly similar to the one he fielded against Monaco. The only change is likely to be up front, where Randal Kolo Muani is likely to be preferred to Gonçalo Ramos, despite the Portuguese’s opener against the Principality club.

For the rest, in the absence of Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos, Lucas Hernandez is expected to return to the center of defense, while Nordi Mukiele will line up on the left flank, still without Nuno Mendes. In midfield, Fabian Ruiz, who impressed against ASM, should once again deputise for Warren Zaïre-Emery.