Monaco-PSG: Mbappé holder, Neymar on the bench

At the end of a spring and cloudless Friday in the principality, where the streets are already sparkling with Christmas lights, Thomas Tuchel has decided not to align all his stars on the lawn of the Louis-II stadium. Neymar, who had been released by the Brazilian selection to return to finish healing his groin injury, takes place on the substitute bench. The striker did not resume collective training until Wednesday. The German coach hopes to give him a few minutes of precious playing time before the crucial Champions League meeting on Tuesday against Leipzig at the Parc des Princes.

Kylian Mbappé will however be present, against his former club, from the kickoff on the front of the attack with Moïse Kean by his side. Tuchel welcomed the management of his striker by the staff of the Blues on the eve of the match during this international break that Mbappé started still affected in the thigh since the match in Nantes on October 31. “I’m happy that Deschamps was reliable and only played him for 30 minutes ( Editor’s note: against Sweden on Tuesday ). We had good communication with the France team, we know exactly what he did there. It was great. “

Note that Kean, like Neymar, had also been released by his selection. Italy, led by their new captain Alessandro Florenzi, had let him return to the Lodges camp to recover from his right knee contusion suffered against Rennes.

For the rest, deprived at the last moment of Ander Herrera, who took a blow to the calf on Friday in training, Tuchel decided to line up a 4-4-2 where Danilo Pereira and Rafinha will be associated with the recovery. Back from the Argentine selection, Angel Di Maria will occupy the right side, Sarabia playing on the left.

The team against Monaco: Navas – Dagba, Diallo, Kimpembe, Kurzawa – Di Maria, Danilo, Rafinha, Sarabia – Mbappé, Kean.

The wounded remained in Paris

During the day, PSG communicated on the condition of the rest of the injured players who remained in Paris:

Marco veratti, whose risk of recurrence of his quadriceps injury is still high, must continue his recovery work with the team.

Mauro icardi (knee) continues its recovery work with the group gradually.

Julian Draxler, whose development is favorable, will gradually resume training with the group at the end of next week.

Idrissa Gueye, whose evolution of the lesion of the femoral biceps is favorable, will resume collective training next week.

Thilo Kherer is continuing a rehabilitation protocol for his pubalgia and his adductor lesion.

Juan Bernat continues his rehabilitation after his knee operation.

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