PSG will face their first true challenge of the month when they visit Olympique Marseille on Wednesday for their French Cup Round of 16 clash at the Stade Velodrome. The Parisian team received good news on Monday, though, with the return of Neymar to the training ground.
Neymar had missed two games of late while nurturing his injured ankle and with "muscle fatigue" after returning from the World Cup break carrying some health issues suffered in Qatar.
The Brazil international posted a little message on social networks yesterday, later echoed by the accounts of the club, in which he greeted fans around the world including some pictures from the collective training session by PSG men held at Camp des Loges on Monday.
Neymar missed the games against Montpellier (1-3 win on the road) and Toulouse (2-1 win at home), both of them ending up in back-to-back victories for PSG. That had not happened at PSG, coincidentally, since before the break when Neymar was available and performing at the peak of his powers.
Even if PSG have earned better results without Neymar and Kylian Mbappe than with them, the truth is that Christophe Galtier will welcome his star with open arms because of the disastrous squad building that has led to PSG's team lacking warm bodies everywhere.
Neymar is expected to join the returning Marco Verratti (on a three-game suspension after seeing a red card) on the pitch (whether that's starting or coming off the bench) on Wednesday away at OM.
The Brazilian has seemingly overcome his nagging adductor problems and muscular fatigue having spent a few days resting and completing individual training sessions. Neymar was also named the 2022 Samba d'Or recipient on Monday, boosting his morale a bit.
Galtier already announced on Saturday, after the game against Toulouse, that PSG "will get players back" including Verratti, Sergio Ramos, and Neymar. Galtier said that with the game against OM being "the famous Classique," he hoped to have his full squad available.