Is it serious doctor ? The Parc des Princes, the Parisian players and Luis Enrique held back their suffering in the 69th minute of the 8th final of the Coupe de France between PSG and Brest (3-1). Kylian Mbappé had just crossed paths with a particularly aggressive Lilian Brassier on Wednesday evening and who “lacked discernment” on this action, which took place only a handful of minutes after the reduction of the score signed by Steve Mounié, as modestly explained Brest coach Éric Roy. “I don't think it was a bloodbath,” he continued, assuring that his 24-year-old player “did not want to hurt” and “is not a bad boy.”
The native of Argenteuil in any case made a nasty mistake, crushing his crampons on the Achilles tendon of “KM”. The 25-year-old world champion's ankle turned badly and the doctors also examined his knee. A priori, more fear than harm. A priori only… In any case, Mbappé finished the meeting. He even twice came close to scoring a double. And it was he, with a huge acceleration, who initiated the movement which allowed the incoming Gonçalo Ramos to kill the suspense, on a serve from Achraf Hakimi. The number 7, however, quickly returned to the locker room after the final whistle, without celebrating the victory, grimacing, clapping everyone's hands and exchanging a few words with Luis Campos.
“I didn’t meet him in the locker room, I don’t know at all,” whispered Bradley Barcola, invited to discuss the state of health of his comrade in the mixed zone. Luis Enrique had no more information: “I have no news. The doctors will do tests tomorrow, he took a very big blow to his ankle. He was able to finish the match so I don’t think it will be very serious.” According to information from RMC, “the first examinations are rather reassuring”, even if the condition of Kylian Mbappé’s ankle will be “monitored very closely” this Thursday morning.
One week before the Champions League and Real Sociedad, it would obviously be dramatic if the captain of the Blues were to be arrested. Remember that he had already been injured before the first leg against Bayern last year, at the same stage of the competition. He came on at the hour mark.
None of this would have happened if the referee of the match, Benoît Bastien, had taken action earlier. Lilian Brassier received a first warning in the 60th minute for elbowing Danilo Pereira in the face. In the 68th minute, Kylian Mbappé was caught in the calf. Violent gesture which could have earned a yellow card. Mr. Bastien took him out on Brassier's next outburst, one too many. Besides, we wonder why the referee did not directly brandish a red… “I blame myself. In any case, I hope for his sake that there is nothing serious. But hey, it's part of football... I wanted to intervene directly (on the ball). Unfortunately, I missed,” said Brassier.
Hard to believe it. Even if “it was too fast” for him, as Éric Roy described it at a press conference, it is hard to imagine that the person concerned wanted to catch the ball… Attack. It remains to be seen whether this nasty mistake will have consequences for Kylian Mbappé, who we also saw very inspired throughout the meeting and who scored a magnificent goal to open the scoring. Between now and Real Sociedad next Wednesday, PSG must still face Lille on Saturday. In the meantime, insults are raining down against the Brestois on social networks. This is no more excusable than his action.