Paris Saint Germain (PSG) will not line up Neymar this Saturday for a round of 32 match of the French Cup, thus allowing him to continue recovering from his injury with a view to a possible comeback in the UEFA Champions League match. next Wednesday against Barcelona, in the second leg of the round of 16.
The PSG coach, Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, confirmed this Friday at a press conference that Neymar will not be in that match against Brest, but left the door open for Wednesday, when the Parisians will defend in their stadium the overwhelming 1-4 achieved on the go.
“The evolution is good. We will see in the days if he can participate in the group against Barcelona,” he said.
The Brazilian star participated partially this Friday in training with the rest of the team, but the club specified on its website that he will not be available against Brest, because “he continues his recovery work” after the problem with the adductors of his left leg. at the beginning of February.
In addition to the Brazilian star, the Spanish Juan Bernat and the Italian Alessandro Florenzi will not be available against Brest either due to their injuries, as well as the transalpine Moise Kean, who was announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for covid-19 .
On the contrary, they will be able to play Kylian Mbappé, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria.
Asked if the line-up on Saturday will be designed with the Champions League match against Barça in mind, Pochettino replied: “You have to give value to the Coupe de France. We are thinking only of the Brest match on Saturday. I think that It is the best way to prepare for the Barcelona game. Giving it the value it has. It is an important competition match. It is a competition in which we want to continue forward. “
On whether PSG and Mbappé will renew the contract that unites the parties until June 30, 2020, the Argentine coach said that he has “a very natural” and “very good” relationship with the French international since he arrived in Paris. .
He explained that reaching an agreement for his continuity “is always a decision of two parties, player and club”: “For our part, and for my part, it is clear that the club has Kylian. For the club he is a very important player, but for me personally too “.
“Let’s hope and hope”, he concluded, “that he stays with us for many years,” because that will be “a good sign for everyone.”