PSG rest Neymar ahead of UCL clash vs. United

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 17, 2020

Mbappe promptly grabbed his second of the night with another nerveless finish after Sarabia shredded a tiring Nimes defence.

The World Cup victor earned a starting role for the Paris-based club today when they made the trip to the Stade des Costieres grounds to face off with the side based in Nîmes.

Tuchel opted to rest Neymar having featured for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier against Peru three days before Friday's match.

With Angel di Maria suspended, and a host of other players missing, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel could certainly do with Kean in Nimes, even if the former Juventus player only arrived in the French capital yesterday following worldwide duty.

"Colin Dagba had a positive (coronavirus test) with the (French) Under-21s".

Of PSG's other recent signings, midfielder Danilo Pereira must wait for his debut after arriving on loan from Porto - he is isolating after coming into contact with Cristiano Ronaldo, who tested positive for Covid-19, while on global duty with Portugal. The Champions League kicks off next week, and Manchester United have a big test against PSG in their first group game of the 20/21 campaign.

"We have a bit of bad luck with players", said Tuchel on the eve of the game.

Lille or Lens could overtake PSG and Rennes with victory in Sunday's Derby du Nord, the first such fixture in over five years.

However, fellow new arrivals Rafinha and Moise Kean could play, and Kylian Mbappe is in the squad despite playing for France in Croatia on Wednesday evening.

"I know he'll be able to adapt quickly and of course he'll be able to play". Bernat is injured. We are missing too many players.

Kean, 20, was drafted in from Everton on loan just before the closure of the transfer window.

Residents where the restrictions are in force will not be allowed to be outside between 9pm and 6am for a month from Saturday.

He could make his Bordeaux debut tomorrow at Marseille, another of his former clubs.

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