France and PSG winger Kylian Mbappe left training early on Tuesday. Mbappe was injured in a tackle with defender Adil Rami and immediately went down grabbing his left ankle.
Mbappe, 19, was quickly taken to the locker room, unable to put much weight on his injured leg.
While we don’t know the severity yet, it appears this could force him to miss their first match with Australia on Saturday. It could even end his time in Russia. Ankle injuries, even minor sprains, take weeks to recover from. If there is any ligament damage, the Optimal Recovery Time ranges from 4 weeks to many months if surgery is needed. It all depends on the severity of the tear if there is one. Mbappe will undergo scans (x-ray and/or MRI) to determine the extent of the damage. Then his medical team will come up with next steps and focus on treatment and rehab to get that ankle healing as quickly as possible.
It’s worth noting that Mbappe also picked up a knock in France’s 1-1 draw with the United States in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup. When asked about the injury, Mbappe said “Ice packs? No, it is just a knock. I hit the ball poorly and I fell — it is nothing serious. It will be treated, and it will go away.”