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PSG: without Kean, with Mbappé and Di Maria… which team against Barcelona?


Kean, positive for Covid-19, will miss the knockout stages of the Champions League against the Catalans, just like Neymar and possibly Verr

Under the isolation protocol extended to ten days now, Moise Kean, positive this Wednesday for Covid-19, is in all likelihood forfeited for PSG-Barcelona on March 10.

That evening at the Parc des Princes, the capital club will have to validate its qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after its demonstration in the first leg (4-1).

Moise Kean would have been in the balance for a starting place right lane, as in the first round, with Angel Di Maria.

The Argentinian must make his return to the lawns this Saturday during the round of 16 of the Coupe de France in Brittany.

The left-hander will lack competition against the Catalans but his presence at kick-off is hardly in doubt.

Moise Kean will not be the only one absent from the return shock.

Juan Bernat has been withdrawn for a long time.

Wounded in the knee, he is not even registered on the list of participants in the European flagship competition.

If all goes well, the Spaniard will find bite in his game at best in May, too late to reconnect with the C1, very demanding.

Neymar, he still has not resumed collective training.

This should be the case this weekend or the start of the next, if caution is in order.

Under this schedule, it is unimaginable to consider seeing him against his old formation, even installed on the bench.

The Brazilian has more chances to integrate the scoresheet when Nantes receive the league on March 14.

Verratti lacking rhythm?

Two other concerns are added to the puzzle of Mauricio Pochettino, the Parisian coach.

Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi are not participating in the trip to Bordeaux on Wednesday, on the occasion of the 28th day of L 1. The Italian midfielder suffers from a contusion to the arch of the foot.

In case of persistent big pain, he could play under infiltration against Barcelona but the problem is elsewhere: since the first leg, Little Owl has played only 35 minutes against Monaco on February 21.

If he can not evolve against Brest, he will have no rhythm against Messi and his partners.

It is a huge danger.

The other uncertainty refers to the case of his compatriot right side.

Florenzi has suffered since the defeat against Monaco (a match he was able to finish) from a "small injury to the right adductor".

Since then, he "continues his individual program as planned", according to various press releases from PSG.

His case, among all, is the one that inspires the least concern.

He should be available for the game against Barcelona even if he too could suffer from a problem of rhythm.

Everything will depend on the date of his return to collective training.

The earliest would be best.

While waiting for the matches of Bordeaux and Brest, likely to further setbacks, PSG could face Barcelona with this starting XI: Navas - Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa - Gueye, Paredes - Di Maria, Rafinha or Verratti, Mbappé - Icardi .

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-03-03

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