A tearful Kylian Mbappé limped off with an apparent ankle injury as Paris Saint-Germain beat 10-man Saint-Étienne 1-0 to win the French Cup on Friday.
The injury to Mbappé, who returned to the sideline on crutches, took the gloss off a record-extending 13th cup success and raised concerns ahead of PSG’s Champions League quarterfinal against Atalanta next month.
Saint-Étienne center half Loïc Perrin was sent off in the 30th minute for clumsily hacking down Mbappé as he sprinted past, and Mbappé’s right ankle appeared to buckle under him.
“It just cracked a bit,” Mbappé told French President Emmanuel Macron after the final, as PSG players were about to collect their medals.
Thiago Silva had mixed feelings after Paris Saint-Germain won the Coupe de France, saying he was sad for the injured Mbappe.
“It is difficult when things like that happen. We are sad for Kylian but also happy to win the trophy,” the defender said.
“It’s true that today was a very difficult game. We didn’t play well. We struggled a lot as the coach explained well. “We are feeling both sad for Kylian and happy for the trophy. We have some time and I hope that Kylian will be fit soon. “He’s a pivotal player for us.”
Silva said PSG face Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue final next week before taking on Atalanta in the Champions League quarter-finals on August 12.