Marquinhos available, three others doubtful Sunday at Marseille


The first team of PSG returned to the Camp des Loges on Wednesday after getting two days off following their 4-3 victory over Lille last Sunday.

There was mixed news on the medical report of those participating and avoiding the training session, though, with some players available for the Classique but others still not quite fit.

Christophe Galtier decided after last weekend's game that the team not only had earned three last-minute points but also a bonus period of rest thus granting his players 48 hours of free time following the game. To each his own.

PSG returned to their training routine on Wednesday morning with a pivotal clash at Olympique Marseille on Sunday evening as OM sits second in the Ligue 1 table just five points behind Paris Saint-Germain.

Marquinhos available for trip to Marseille with Hakimi, Mendes, and Mukiele still doubtful to make it

Defender Marquinhos came back to training with the group and completed some exercises with the rest of the team after suffering a little knock on his thigh during the defeat in the Champions League against Bayern Munich last week.

The Brazil international spent some days working individually following that game and couldn't make it to the pitch of the Parc des Princes last Sunday, forfeiting the game against Lille. He is available for the Classique, though, when he will be looking to get his 100th victory as the captain of PSG.

Another defender whose return was highly anticipated is Nordi Mukiele, who has been out since last playing on Jan. 15. The France international trained with the rest of the squad after more than a month having suffered a right hamstring injury sustained in the loss to Rennes in the Ligue 1. Mukiele has missed the last eight games (all competitions) and he might not play against OM, as PSG won't force his return nor risk a setback in his recovery.

Portugal international Nuno Mendes, hit in the knee against Lille, was seen attempting some sprints and runs around the Camp des Loges and should be available at Marseille, although he most probably will only play off the bench as a substitute.

Achraf Hakimi didn't train with the group, still recovering from a thigh knock suffered against Bayern Munich, while Renato Sanches, injured in the thigh back on Feb. 4 in a matchup against Toulouse, trained individually.

Brazil international Neymar missed the session and is expected to remain on the shelves for three-to-four weeks while nurturing his injured ankle (ligament damage confirmed Tuesday by PSG).

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Neymar is obviously not available for the game against OM next Sunday, is expected to miss the clash at Nantes next week, and most probably won't appear against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last-16 of the Champions League.