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 Neymar set to be absent for Barcelonas second tie
  • 09 Mar, 2021
  • by Ben Collins

 Neymar set to be absent for Barcelonas second tie

PSG are set to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. They won the first leg of their tie 4-1 with Kylian Mbappe bagging a hattrick at the Camp Nou.

The medical statement given on Tuesday listed the Brazilian star is still suffering from an injury which he got in PSG's 1-0 round of 64 Coupe de France victory over Caen on 10 February, as omission for the big tie against his former club Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium on Wednesday.

The injury, which stopped him from playing in the first tie, is evidently still disturbing the 29-year-old and, although he has come back to training, a decision on when he will come back to play will be taken in the days to come.

Luckily for coach Mauricio Pochettino, Kylian Mbappe has been in explicit form, notably looking with a hat-trick in the 4-1 first-tie win at the Camp Nou three weeks ago. In addition, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria have both come back to action and should be energetic to welcome Barcelona as well.

However, Italian striker Moise Kean is still omitted after having COVID-19 last week, and there are issues over the fitness of Thilo Kehrer (groin injury) and Alessandro Florenzi (thigh injury).

Barcelona will be looking forward to a comeback at Parc de princes stadium in Paris. Following their good form of comebacks this season with the latest one taking them to the Copa del Rey final.

Ronald Koeman's Barcelona are striving to clinch the title which they last took in 2015 against Juventus and since then the Catalan giants have been known for their domination of domestic titles. As his first tenure as a Barcelona coach, he is looking forward for European glory as this could also be the last season for Lionel Messi at the club.

PSG reached the final of the Champions League last season but failed to clinch the title and got defeated by Bayern Munich who were unbeaten in the competition.

They will now look to set eyes on the trophy and bring it to France.