UEFA Champions League: PSG vs Real Madrid might see Neymar's comeback
- Neymar has returned to training and might play for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury in a Ligue 1 match
- PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino will decide whether he will play or be on the bench
- PSG confirmed that former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is the sole player out due to injury
On the day of the match, the French club confirmed that former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is the sole player out due to injury, as he continues to suffer from a calf ailment.
Meanwhile, Neymar has returned to training and might play for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury in a Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne on November 28.
"He's great, and he's full of self-assurance. Even though he hasn't played a game, he will give his all if he comes on, but the coach will decide whether he sits on the bench or plays," PSG captain Marquinhos stated.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to perform ahead of the match, with a first-round departure from Europe's biggest club championship unimaginable for the club that bought Lionel Messi at the start of the season.
"Given the quality involved, this might have been the final," said Pochettino, whose team lost in the semi-finals to Manchester City last season. "PSG has been striving to win this trophy for 50 years, therefore we are the rivals," said Pochettino, whose club has struggled to impress this season despite leading Ligue 1 by 13 points.
"We're going up against a team that's used to winning the Champions League."
Pochettino stated that neither Idrissa Gana Gueye nor Abdou Diallo will be considered for the starting lineup at the Parc des Princes after returning from winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal last week.
PSG is looking for a strong performance from Messi, who has scored five of his seven goals for the club in the Champions League this season.
He holds the record for most goals in the 'El Clasico,' scoring 26 times against Real Madrid while at Barcelona.