The Ligue 1 clash between Marseille and Nice on Saturday has been postponed after over 10 players from Patrick Vieira's squad tested positive for coronavirus.

Fourth-placed Marseille and Nice, who occupy eighth spot, were due to return to action at Stade Velodrome this weekend following the international break.

The fixture will instead be staged later in the season due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the club from the Cote d'Azur.

A statement released by Ligue 1 on Tuesday said: "Following the advice of the National COVID FFF Commission, which noted the unavailability of more than ten players on OGC Nice's 30-man squad list - due to positive RT-PCR tests - for the Round 11 Ligue 1 match against Olympique de Marseille, the LFP's Competitions Commission, acting under article 2. 4.2.2 of the protocol for the organisation of matches for the 2020-21 season, has decided to postpone the match, initially scheduled for Saturday 21 November 2020 at 21:00, to a date yet to be determined."

Meanwhile, the French Football Federation (FFF) has postponed the eighth round and last-32 Coupe de France matches due to be staged next month and in January due to the pandemic.

The decision came following the suspension of amateur competitions on October 29 and the FFF is working with regional leagues to come up with alternative dates for the ties to be played.

Kylian Mbappe has been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta.

The World Cup winner had scans on his ankle injury on Monday that revealed he will miss the next three weeks.

Mbappe will not be available for Friday's last ever Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon and is also not due to return in time to face Atalanta.

The last-eight Champions League meeting in Lisbon will be played on August 12, although the forward could yet be fit for the semi-finals if PSG advance.

"The results of today's scan confirmed an ankle sprain with damage to the external ligament," PSG's statement read.

"The player is expected to be sidelined for approximately three weeks."

PSG had earlier confirmed Mbappe suffered a "serious" sprain during their 1-0 Coupe de France final win over Saint-Etienne.

The France international was hurt by a strong challenge from Loic Perrin, who was sent off, and was later seen on crutches during the post-match celebrations.

News of the lay-off deals a blow to PSG's hopes of finally winning the Champions League after a series of knockout-stage collapses.

Thomas Tuchel's side came through a tough last-16 clash with Borussia Dortmund prior to the competition's suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With the remaining eight-team tournament moved to Portugal, PSG were handed a relatively kind draw against surprise package Atalanta, with Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig waiting in the last four.

Mbappe has scored 30 goals in all competitions this season as PSG were awarded the Ligue 1 title following the premature conclusion of France's domestic campaign.

Kylian Mbappe has been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta.

The World Cup winner had scans on his ankle injury on Monday that revealed he will miss the next three weeks.

Mbappe will not be available for Friday's last ever Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon and is also not due to return in time to face Atalanta.

The last-eight Champions League meeting in Lisbon will be played on August 12, although the forward could yet be fit for the semi-finals if PSG advance.

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed Kylian Mbappe has suffered a "serious" sprain to his right ankle. 

The forward was hurt by a strong challenge from Loic Perrin, who was sent off, in PSG's 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne in Friday's Coupe de France final. 

The France star was seen on crutches while celebrating the win with his team-mates and underwent tests on Saturday. 

PSG announced in a statement that he has a "serious right ankle sprain to the external lateral compartment. To be re-evaluated in 72 hours with clinical and ankle imaging analysis". 

Mbappe is likely to be a doubt for PSG's Champions League quarter-final clash with Atalanta, which takes place in Lisbon on August 12. 

He is also expected to miss the rearranged Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon on July 31. 

Earlier on Saturday, Mbappe posted on Twitter: "Waking up as a winner, there's no better feeling possible. Thank you all for your messages, I'm deeply touched. Kisses to all and have a good weekend." 

PSG also confirmed Thilo Kehrer will be out of action for four to five days after sustaining bruising to his right hip bone. 

However, Abdou Diallo and Juan Bernat are set to resume full training on Monday. 

Saint-Etienne coach Claude Puel insisted Loic Perrin had no intention of hurting Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

Perrin was sent off in the first half of Saint-Etienne's 1-0 Coupe de France final loss to PSG after a sliding challenge on Mbappe, who was substituted with a suspected ankle injury.

Puel hopes Mbappe's injury is not serious as he said Perrin was simply trying to play the ball.

"It is a problem of commitment and the quality of these players [at PSG]," he said.

"You think you've got the ball and they've got such mastery that they can make the difference at any moment. That's been the case.

"I think we still have a few management problems where you have to commit yourself while remaining in control of your actions in any situation. It's also about learning – finding the right mix.

"Of course, I regret his injury and I hope it's nothing important concerning Kylian.

"There was no intention to hurt him. The intention was to play the ball."

Neymar's 14th-minute goal proved to be the winner for PSG.

Thiago Silva had mixed feelings after Paris Saint-Germain won the Coupe de France, saying he was sad for the injured Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe was substituted in the first half of PSG's 1-0 victory over Saint-Etienne in the final on Friday after a tackle by Loic Perrin, who was sent off.

The PSG star suffered a suspected ankle injury as Neymar's 14th-minute goal secured the trophy for Thomas Tuchel's men.

PSG captain Silva was glad to secure the silverware, but is hoping Mbappe is not sidelined for too long.

"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."

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.

Thomas Tuchel admitted he was "worried" about Kylian Mbappe after the Paris Saint-Germain star's injury against Saint-Etienne.

Mbappe was substituted in the first half of PSG's 1-0 Coupe de France final win on Friday after suffering a suspected ankle injury following a tackle from Loic Perrin, who was sent off.

The injury comes less than three weeks before PSG are due to face Atalanta in the Champions League quarter-finals and head coach Tuchel admitted to concern over Mbappe.

"Anyone who saw it is worried," he told a news conference.

"Anyone seeing that foul is worried."

Neymar's 14th-minute goal settled the contest, in which there was a red card and 10 yellows.

Tuchel was unhappy with referee Amaury Delerue for failing to control the game.

"It started with a foul on Neymar. We took three yellow cards after the foul on Kylian," he said, via L'Equipe.

"And, at the beginning, he gave a card for this foul, and we, for having asked to protect the player, we took three.

"These are not the same criteria that are applied. I say this for all players. Viewers are there to watch players, people watching TV too.

"And most importantly, to protect all the players, not just mine. It's a game for the players and it wasn't like that."

Paris Saint-Germain's Marquinhos conceded the squad have been left concerned by Kylian Mbappe's injury following their Coupe de France triumph over Saint-Etienne.

In their first competitive match since the suspension of football in France due to coronavirus in March, PSG clinched the Coupe de France crown thanks to Neymar's 14th-minute goal on Friday.

However, the victory was overshadowed by an injury to Mbappe, who was scythed down in the 31st minute by Loic Perrin – the defender subsequently seeing red for a tackle which sparked a touchline fracas.

Mbappe later returned to the bench on crutches and with his leg in a brace, casting serious doubt over his fitness for PSG's Champions League clash with Atalanta in August – while he will almost certainly miss next week's Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon.

PSG also lost defender Thilo Kehrer to injury, and Marquinhos acknowledged the champions have been dealt a blow. 

"Obviously, Mbappe's injury worries us, and that of Kehrer," he told France 2. "Hopefully this is not too serious. We will see how it goes.

"They are two important players in the squad. You just have to think about preparing and working well. There are still trophies to go for. We will see day by day."

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, labelled the triumph as an "expensive victory".

"Yes, we won. In a final, that's the most important," Tuchel told Eurosport. "It was complicated for several reasons. We won, but there are many things to improve and analyse.

"That's good. But it's an expensive victory. In the last three matches against Saint-Etienne, they always have a red in the first 30 minutes. And I'm not telling you what is said in the locker room before. And in addition, we are the ones who take three yellow cards.

"I have no news from Mbappe yet."

Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Jessy Moulin, meanwhile, came to the defence of team-mate Perrin, who has played his final match for the club.

"There is no one who can blame him," Moulin said on France 2. "When you see his career, he is exemplary in all areas.

"He was a leader throughout his career, thanks to his qualities on the pitch. It's a true Saint-Etienne player who is leaving us. And it hurts a lot to know that he won't be sitting next to us in the locker room anymore. I hope he stays close to us. But he knows we all love him."

Kylian Mbappe limped out of the Coupe de France final and was later on crutches as Paris Saint-Germain beat Saint-Etienne 1-0 thanks to Neymar's goal.

PSG, awarded the Ligue 1 title on a points-per-game basis after the season was called off in April, made it a double through Neymar's 14th-minute effort but it proved a pyrrhic victory.

Loic Perrin was sent off in the 31st minute following a cynical tackle on Mbappe, who was withdrawn with an apparent ankle injury and later returned to the bench on crutches with his leg in a brace, making him a serious doubt for PSG's return to Champions League action next month.

That challenge sparked a huge melee in the first competitive match in France since March, watched by a small crowd at the Stade de France, with PSG - who also lost Thilo Kehrer to injury - seeing out the win despite a spirited effort from 10-man Saint-Etienne.

 

 

 

Paris Saint-Germain's preparations for the Champions League restart were dealt a blow when striker Kylian Mbappe limped off in the first half of a fiery Coupe de France final on Friday.

The striker was forced off with an apparent ankle injury following a cynical tackle that earned Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin a red card.

Mbappe was scythed down by Perrin as he was about to sprint away from the defender at full tilt, sparking a mass melee with PSG leading 1-0 just before the half-hour mark at Stade de France.

Perrin was initially shown a yellow card, but that was changed to a red after referee Amaury Delerue had another look at the challenge on a pitch-side monitor.

France striker Mbappe looked in considerable pain and could not continue following treatment at the side of the field in the first competitive game of professional football in France since the season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Delerue also dished out four yellow cards as tempers flared following the incident, which came after Neymar had given the Ligue 1 champions the lead.

PSG, who also lost Thilo Kehrer to an early injury, face Lyon in the Coupe de la Ligue final next Friday and will head to Portugal for the latter stages of the Champions League at the start of August.

Thomas Tuchel's side have been drawn against Atalanta in the last eight in a one-off tie that will take place on August 12.

Thiago Silva does not want to leave Paris Saint-Germain but says now is not the right time to discuss his impending exit.

Brazil centre-back Silva agreed to remain with the Ligue 1 champions for the upcoming Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals, as well as the resumption of PSG's Champions League campaign in August, despite it being confirmed last month he will depart at the end of the season.

Veteran Silva has established himself as a club legend since arriving from Milan in 2012 and has featured over 300 times for the Ligue 1 giants.

Silva had a farewell of sorts in a 4-0 friendly win over Celtic at the Parc des Princes this week but the 35-year-old was keen for the focus to remain on the team's ambitions for trophies and not his future.

"It's a special moment for me. With the supporters, we have always had a lot of respect. They asked if I could stay, but it's not my decision. Now is not the time to talk about this topic," he told a news conference ahead of Friday's Coupe de France showpiece with Saint-Etienne.

"We will have time to talk about it later. I didn't want to leave, but the decision has already been made. I respect [the decision] and will respect it until the end.

"There are no further discussions [about my future]. Leonardo [PSG's sporting director] has already spoken to the press. 

"I don't want you to talk about this just yet. I understand the topic, your urge to know what's going on, but now is not the time to talk about it."

Head coach Thomas Tuchel echoed a similar message, adding: "I can understand that you want to talk about this, but now is not the time. 

"He's my captain, he's super reliable. I have said this many times. It is important that he is here for the finals, and for Lisbon in the Champions League. Then we talk about all this."

Neymar's performances since Paris Saint-Germain returned to action have come as no surprise to head coach Thomas Tuchel.

After returning to Brazil amid the coronavirus pandemic, Neymar has quickly found impressive form ahead of the conclusion of PSG's 2019-20 campaign.

The 28-year-old scored four goals across three friendly victories over Le Havre, Waasland-Beveren and Celtic, which finished 9-0, 7-0 and 4-0 respectively.

PSG were awarded the Ligue 1 title upon its cancellation in April and will hope to win the Coupe de France against Saint-Etienne in the rescheduled final on Friday.

Asked about Neymar's form in his pre-match news conference, Tuchel said: "I'm not surprised. He came back in a good state of mind, in good shape.

"He adapts super quickly to all training sessions, he gained in capacity very quickly. It's important for him to play as much as possible. He was given as many minutes of playing time as possible.

"He will be on the pitch tomorrow. He's in good shape, decisive, and that's the best thing for us."

PSG will contest the Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon on July 31 before heading to Lisbon for the conclusion of the Champions League, in which they were drawn against Atalanta in the quarter-finals.

"The best way to arrive in Portugal is with the four titles and it starts tomorrow," said Tuchel.

"The focus of these past weeks was to prepare the team for this match against Saint-Etienne, to prepare it mentally, to prepare it physically. We didn't talk about Atalanta with the team or the staff, it's not the subject now.

"The most important thing in a club like PSG is to play finals, win finals, win titles. At the end of the day, that's still the best way to prepare a team for a big challenge in the Champions League."

Kylian Mbappe says he will be a Paris Saint-Germain player next season "no matter what".

The World Cup winner continues to be linked with moves away from PSG, the club he joined from Monaco in 2017 on an initial loan that was followed by a €180million transfer.

Mbappe scored 30 goals in all competitions before the Ligue 1 giants saw their season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The France forward will get the opportunity to add to that tally as the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Champions League continue in the coming weeks, and he will also remain at the Parc des Princes in 2020-21.

"I'm here. I am in the project for a fourth year," Mbappe told beIN SPORTS.

"The 50th year of the club is an important year for the club, the supporters, everyone, so I will be there no matter what.

"I will try to bring back trophies with the team and give the best of myself."

Mbappe could yet be joined in staying in Paris by another key figure, as Thomas Tuchel acknowledged Thiago Silva's future has not been settled.

PSG announced their captain would depart at the end of the campaign but later confirmed an extension to take in the remaining three competitions.

Speaking of Silva after a 4-0 friendly win over Celtic, Tuchel said: "He's our player, he's our captain, and we need to talk about this after the Champions League.

"Today is the time to be focused. It looks like he's going to leave, but in football, you never know."

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were both on target as Paris Saint-Germain ramped up their preparations for the 2019-20 run-in with a 4-0 friendly victory over Celtic. 

PSG's Ligue 1 season was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic - as was Celtic's similarly successful league campaign in Scotland - but the French champions have a series of key fixtures still to come. 

Thomas Tuchel's side return to competitive action in Friday's Coupe de France final against Saint-Etienne, before facing Lyon a week later in the last Coupe de la Ligue showpiece. 

Of surely greater concern to PSG, though, is the Champions League quarter-final tie with Atalanta that lies ahead next month as part of an eight-team tournament in Lisbon. 

PSG are warming up nicely for that tough test and initially threatened to run up the score against Celtic, having put nine and seven past Le Havre and Waasland Beveren respectively. 

Those allowed inside the Parc des Princes saw Mbappe - sporting the new PSG strip with his team-mates - race through and blast beyond Scott Bain with less than a minute played. 

Celtic, completing a tour of France following a draw with Nice and defeat to Lyon, did not collapse entirely, though Neymar struck with a deflected 15-yard shot later in the first half. 

The start to the second period saw PSG change their entire XI but it was similarly painful for the visitors, who quickly fell further behind as Ander Herrera beat Bain with a powerful drive. 

A magnificent Pablo Sarabia volley from Marco Verratti's chipped pass then made it four. 

Meanwhile, PSG have confirmed another game to add to their schedule, playing second-tier Sochaux on August 5 ahead of the highly anticipated trip to Portugal.

Arsenal issued a strong response to Saint-Etienne after the French club criticised them over negoations concerning William Saliba ahead of the Coupe de France final. 

Saliba signed for Arsenal in a reported £25million deal last year before being loaned back to Les Verts for the 2019-20 campaign. 

Although Ligue 1 was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Coupe de France final is to go ahead on July 24. 

Saint-Etienne will face Paris Saint-Germain in that contest and had hoped Saliba, 19, would be available for it, while Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta also expressed a desire for the France Under-20 international to have that opportunity. 

But Saint-Etienne confirmed on Tuesday they were unable to reach an agreement with the Gunners, who they claimed tried to impose "absolutely unacceptable sporting and financial conditions" on any extension. 

Arsenal insist they were willing for Saliba to extend his stay, but they wanted him to be on a specific training schedule and to not lose out financially. 

"Throughout our discussions with Saint-Etienne, our aim has been to protect the welfare of William Saliba as well as the interests of Arsenal Football Club, while honouring the terms of the loan," a statement read. 

"Despite the loan ending on June 30, we were willing to find a way for William to play in the [French] cup final on July 24, despite having no contractual obligation to do so. 

"As William is returning from injury, we asked that Saint-Etienne follow a clear training plan with William in close collaboration with us, to ensure he is fully fit for the start of next season.

"To our surprise we were unable to reach agreement to this plan which was proposed by our medical experts, and we are simply not prepared to risk the welfare of an Arsenal player.

"While it was not our primary concern, and ultimately not relevant as our training plan was not accepted, we also expected not to be financially disadvantaged by extending the loan. This was also not acceptable to Saint-Etienne.

"We know this is a disappointment for William, but he understands we are working to protect his long-term interests and those of Arsenal."

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