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No Neymar or Mbappé for PSG against Toulouse

Ligue 1 Conforama > News
22/11/2018

Paris Saint-Germain will be without attacking stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé when they welcome Toulouse FC to the Parc des Princes on Saturday.

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Neymar and Mbappé have accounted for 21 goals and eight assists between them in Ligue 1 Conforama this term as the capital club have roared to the top of the table, 13 points clear of second-place LOSC heading into Week 14.

Neymar was forced off eight minutes into Brazil's 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon on Tuesday with a thigh strain, though, while Mbappé lasted 36 minutes of France's 1-0 win over Uruguay before bruising his shoulder.

Chance for Choupo-Moting?

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - one of the players who stands to gain from the absence of Neymar and Mbappé - lined up against Neymar on Tuesday, and hopes to see the Brazilian back in time for the Liverpool match in the UEFA Champions League next Wednesday at the least.

Watch: Highlights of PSG's 4-0 win over Monaco last time out!

"He's a great player and I hope he's not injured for a long time," the forward, who swapped Stoke City for Paris last summer, said after the game, "I talked to him quickly but it was just after the injury. I think it's not too serious. I hope he'll be ready for us next week."

Alves and Kurzawa near return

Choupo-Moting will instead compete with Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Christopher Nkunku for the right to play off Edinson Cavani against Toulouse. Further back, Dani Alves and Layvin Kurzawa have returned to training after knee and back injuries respectively, but Saturday's game comes too soon for them.

While PSG roared into the international break with a 4-0 win over AS Monaco, Toulouse suffered their third defeat in five games, losing 1-0 to Amiens SC to leave them just three points above Dijon FCO, who occupy the relegation play-off place.

Watch: Highlights of Toulouse's narrow 1-0 loss to Amiens

Max Gradel had an equaliser ruled out by VAR, and coach Alain Casanova is confident his side's points haul does not accurately reflect the attacking intent they have been showing in recent games.

'Not clinical enough'

"This defeat is unfair based on the number of chances we had," he said. "We weren't clinical enough and we could have been three goals to the good after 25 minutes. It's very frustrating because we should have equalised at the very least. We have to find solutions and that means working hard and showing even more mental strength."

Le Téfécé's cause is not helped by the continued absence of midfielders Ibrahim Sangaré (toe) and Stéphane Mbia (knock), as well as striker Yaya Sanogo (knee).

 

Possible line-ups

PSG: Buffon; Kehrer, Silva, Kimpembe; Meunier, Verratti, Rabiot, Diaby; Choupo-Moting, Draxler; Cavani

Toulouse: Reynet; Amian, Todibo, Jullien, Moubandje; Bostock, Chauzac; Dossevi, Garcia, Gradel; Leya Iseka

 

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