France's Kylian Mbappe out of World Cup qualifiers, returns to Paris Saint-Germain
A 1-1 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier just became all the more painful for France.
In a statement shared by Reuters (h/t ESPN), the French Football Federation confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain superstar forward Kylian Mbappe is returning to his Ligue 1 club early because of a calf injury he picked up in Wednesday's draw. As a result, Mbappe will be unavailable for the final two qualifiers of the current international break.
"Kylian Mbappe felt a pain in his right calf at the end of the match against Bosnia in Strasbourg on Wednesday, which means he will not be able to take part in the next two matches of the French team, in Ukraine on Saturday and against Finland in Lyon next Tuesday," the FFF explained.
"The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been released to his club. He will leave the squad in the evening and will not be replaced for the trip to Ukraine."
Mbappe, 22, is out of contract with PSG following the season and had been heavily linked with Real Madrid in rumors throughout the summer. However, the Parisians reportedly failed to respond to a bid from the Spanish giants of €200 million for Mbappe before the transfer window closed Tuesday night. He will be eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with Real or any other club in January and then join that team the subsequent July.
PSG next play Clermont Foot in a Ligue 1 match on Sept. 11.