Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe was absent from training on Monday due to illness, with his side due to host Borussia Dortmund in a clutch UEFA Champions League clash in less than 48 hours.
The French heavyweights are chasing a 2-1 deficit following defeat at the Westfalenstadion on February 18 when an Erling Haaland brace steered Dortmund into the lead in their last-16 clash.
It’s already been confirmed that the meeting at the Parc des Princes will be played behind closed doors following the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, but Le Parisien (via AS) reported PSG have suffered a setback after Mbappe missed training through illness on Monday.
PSG have exited the Champions League at the round-of-16 stage in each of the past three European campaigns, having made the quarter-finals in four straight seasons prior to that.
Mbappe—who has scored 30 goals and recorded 17 assists in 32 appearances this term—is a key member for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and it was the 21-year-old who set up Neymar for PSG’s goal against the Black and Yellows last month:
PSG are reportedly confident Mbappe will return to training on Tuesday after recovering from his sore throat.
The Ligue 1 leaders were due to face Strasbourg on Saturday before the fixture was postponed—also due to fears regarding the spread of COVID-19.
Mbappe has scored four goals in his past three league outings. The youngster has netted five goals and notched five assists in five Champions League appearances this season.
Tuchel is hoping to reverse the scoreline against former employers Dortmund, who haven’t made it into the Champions League’s last eight since 2017.