Real Madrid target Mbappe injured
Real Madrid will be sweating on the fitness of top transfer target Kylian Mbappe after he went off injured during their opening match of the season on Friday evening.
The suitors from La Liga face an anxious wait after the starlet valued at £178 million was substituted on 74 minutes with an apparent knee injury and was replaced by Allan Saint-Maximin.
Monaco lost key players during the offseason but not their fighting spirit as the French champion started their title defence with a 3-2 win over Toulouse on Friday after twice coming from behind.
Kamil Glik scored the winner with 20 minutes left after Jemerson and Radamel Falcao leveled twice for the hosts in the opening game of the season.
Monaco were one of the most spectacular teams in Europe last season, scoring 107 league goals in 38 games to win the title eight points clear of Paris Saint-Germain.
But the team was completely reshuffled this summer after the club sold left-back Benjamin Mendy, central midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, playmaker Bernardo Silva, forward Valere Germain and midfielder Nabil Dirar.
Rivals PSG, in turn, has been boosted by Brazil star Neymar’s arrival for a world record £178m price tag.
Monaco made a sloppy start on a hot evening but showed it still has the resources to defend its title, especially if star striker Kylian Mbappe decides to stay.
The France international has been courted by major European teams and his future at Monaco remains unclear.
Mbappe did not score but was involved in dangerous moves before he was substituted in the 74th minute with an injury believed to be to his knee.
Monaco’s midfield also worked well, with Joao Moutinho releasing quick passes that caught out Toulouse’s static defence. Zinedine Machach and Andy Delort scored for Toulouse.