PSG go to Lyon as Covid-hit Ligue 1 returns


PARIS:

Paris Saint-Germain returns to Ligue 1 motion this weekend at struggling Lyon, with Mauricio Pochettino‘s males constructing in the direction of their Champions League conflict in opposition to Real Madrid.

But a lot of the highlight on the capital giants is targeted off the pitch, with Kylian Mbappe‘s future extra unsure than ever, Lionel Messi nonetheless coming back from a constructive Covid check, and Neymar receiving harm remedy in Brazil.

PSG already boasts a seemingly insurmountable 13-point lead over second-placed Nice in Ligue 1 however will need their star entrance three matches and firing for the last-16 first leg in opposition to Real on February 15.

Mbappe will be capable of depart Paris on a free switch this summer time if he doesn’t signal a brand new contract, however Pochettino believes the fixed rumours over a potential move won’t have an effect on the World Cup winner’s performances.

“The performance of Kylian (Mbappe) is not affected by his contractual situation,” the PSG coach mentioned after a 4-0 French Cup win at Vannes on Monday, when Mbappe netted a hat-trick.

“He is a top player in the world. He played well. We enjoyed watching the team. His goals were the icing on the cake.”

Messi examined constructive for Covid in his native Argentina final week however is again in Paris, though PSG are but to say if he will likely be out there for Sunday’s recreation in opposition to Lyon following the Ligue 1 winter break.

PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, defender Juan Bernat and midfielders Danilo Pereira, Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria have all additionally examined constructive for the virus.

Even if seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi is absent, the runaway leaders will nonetheless be heavy favourites in opposition to a Lyon facet languishing 13th within the desk and on a five-match winless run.

The French top-flight has adopted its European counterparts in Germany, Italy, and England in seeing video games delayed because of Covid.

Reigning champions Lille’s match in opposition to Lorient scheduled for Saturday has joined the Angers v Saint-Etienne recreation in being postponed.

There could possibly be additional cancellations, with Troyes requesting their go to to Montpellier being known as off after registering 13 circumstances.

Bordeaux are slated to host Marseille on Friday, however the Girondins have suffered 21 constructive check outcomes amongst gamers and workers. However, Bordeaux was pressured to play their French Cup recreation final weekend, by which they misplaced 3-Zero at Brest.

“Among the players who resumed training on Wednesday, six are still positive and have symptoms,” mentioned Bordeaux sporting director Admar Lopes.

“According to league protocol, they can play, but according to our doctor they are not physically able to.”

According to an AFP rely, at the very least 100 Ligue 1 gamers have examined constructive for Covid since December 25.

The 19-year-old has loved a superb second season on mortgage at Lens from PSG to this point, scoring six objectives in 14 league matches.

Kalimuendo, who has been dubbed “one of the greatest French attacking talents of his generation” by Lens chief govt Arnaud Pouille, additionally made two transient substitute appearances for PSG earlier this time period.

He will likely be hoping to assist Lens revive their push for Europe in opposition to fourth-placed Rennes on Saturday.

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