World news – Trophee des Champions: Neymar returns for PSG against Marseille in a « special game » for Mauricio Pochettino – Sports News, Firstpost

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Neymar has not played since his ankle injury at the end of Ligue 1’s loss to Lyon on December 13th.

Neymar suffered an ankle injury at the end of Ligue 1’s loss to Lyon on December 13. AP

Neymar will return for Paris Saint-Germain after four weeks on the sidelines of Wednesday’s Champions Trophy game against bitter rivals Marseille.

« Neymar is available and will be in the squad. We will be back tomorrow (Wednesday) decide whether to play on the bench or start, « said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino at a virtual press conference before the game.

The most expensive player in the world has suffered since his ankle injury at the end of Ligue 1’s defeat against Lyon on 13 No longer played December and missed his side’s last five games.

Neymar was one of three PSG players sent off in an ugly end to PSG’s final meeting with Marseille that ended with nine men.

The Brazilian later accused Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racism, although in the end no action was taken due to lack of evidence.

Wednesday’s game is only PSG’s third since the earlier one Tottenham Hotspur coach, Pochettino, has been appointed to replace the sacked Thomas Tuchel and offers him the chance to win his first silver coin with the Qatar-based club.

The Champions Trophy is the French equivalent of a Super Cup that normally is contested by the league champions and French cup winners at the beginning of the season. After PSG won both last season, Marseille were selected as Ligue 1 runners-up.

Played abroad for the last 10 years, most recently in China, this season’s edition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and takes place behind closed doors in Lens, northern France, under less exotic conditions.

Even so, Pochettino, who played for PSG, called it a « special game, but winning the game is almost more important than winning a trophy at the end ».

His first game at the top ended in a 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne last week before scooping a first win when PSG beat Brest 3-0 on Saturday and they one halfway through the season One point behind Ligue 1 leaders, Lyon.

While Neymar returns, young full-back Colin Dagba was the youngest Paris player to test positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and has s me isolated with his teammates Rafinha and Thilo Kehrer.

Marseille, trained by Andre Villas-Boas, defeated PSG 1-0 in this last fiery meeting in the league in September, their first win against their biggest rivals in nine years .

« Andre and I both trained at Tottenham. I have great affection for him and we get along well, « said Pochettino of his counterpart.

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Neymar has faced a barrage of criticism in his native Brazil and beyond over reports that he called his mansion outside Rio de Janeiro with a week-long bash for hundreds of people despite the coronavirus pandemic in 2021.

PSG are in second place at half-time of the season, one point behind leaders Lyon and ahead of third-placed Lille, who triumphed 1-0 in Nimes, by goal difference.

The Argentine was asked several times about Messi at his first press conference since he was appointed PSG coach. The Barcelona superstar can now negotiate with other clubs as his contract expires in June.

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