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The 22-year-old watched the 2-1 win over Lens at the weekend from the stands and had been described as a major doubt for the City game due to an injury in his right calf.
Mbappe is part of the PSG squad travelling to Manchester and footage of him at the airport showed the World Cup winner walking gingerly as he carried his suitcase.
:rotating_light: ' Kylian Mbappé is flying with the PSG team to Manchester today though is struggling to walk. Either this is a form of serious deception or Mbappé is will not start tomorrow.
- City Chief (@City_Chief) May 3, 2021
However, the popular opinion from fans is that Mbappe was acting up for the camera and plenty expect him to start the fixture on Tuesday evening at the Etihad Stadium.
Role play on point :ok_hand:
- Tony (@TheGismyName) May 3, 2021
Yeah I'm not buying it
- Tony Lee Currie (@TonyLeeCurrie) May 3, 2021
He is playing.
- Theshyguy (@Eloworjuh) May 3, 2021
He's :100:% fit don't watch or listen too rumours ♂️
- Howard (@Howard24741716) May 3, 2021
Doing it for the camera :eyes::grimacing:
- sheMA (@She_MA2) May 3, 2021
Mind games 100%, he knows what he's doing
- Henry (@Mcfchenry) May 3, 2021
"Act like you're injured"
- mx (@MessiMX10i) May 3, 2021
Speaking on Saturday, Pochettino expressed hope that his No.7 would be in contention for the upcoming crunch clash.
"I am optimistic, I still am," Pochettino said after the Lens win.
"We think he will be there. We will make a decision before the match but I am optimistic."
PSG are trailing 2-1 from the first leg at the Parc Des Princes after City turned the game around in the second half.
Mbappe, having destroyed both Bayern Munich and Barcelona in previous rounds, failed to have a shot on target for the first time in the Champions League against City.
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