AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has hinted that Kylian Mbappé could return to the reckoning for Sunday’s showdown with Olympique de Marseille.

Asked on Friday afternoon if the teenage French international striker would be in the squad at the Stade Louis II, Jardim responded: “If the match were happening today he would be in. Everyone has trained well and is in good condition. We are going to decide (on Saturday), but all going well he should be there.”

Mbappé, scorer of 15 goals on last season’s run to the title, started the 3-2 win over Toulouse FC on the opening day of the campaign but was left on the bench for the duration of the 4-1 victory in Dijon the following week. He was then dropped from the squad altogether last weekend as Monaco won 1-0 at FC Metz.

The striker has been strongly linked with a transfer away from the principality before the window closes next week but, pressed on the situation, Jardim said: “He is a Monaco player and we need everyone. He is an option to play, be left on the bench or sometimes an option to be left out, that is football.”

“The player today is more capable of helping the team than two weeks ago. I would be crazy to deprive myself of the best players and take the less good ones with me.”


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