Nordi Mukiele ruled out for PSG in crucial UCL clash against Barcelona

It was confirmed on April 8th that a Paris Saint-Germain defender would be unavailable for the first leg at Parc des Princes against FC Barcelona
Nordi Mukiele will be unavailable for PSG in the match against Barcelona in the UCL / Xavier Laine/GettyImages
Nordi Mukiele will be unavailable for PSG in the match against Barcelona in the UCL / Xavier Laine/GettyImages / Xavier Laine/GettyImages

During the Ligue 1 matchday 28, in the PSG vs Clermont game, after a hard collision between Clermont's goalkeeper Massamba Ndiaye and Paris Saint-Germain's defender Nordi Mukiele, the Parisian full-back had to be substituted in the 13th minute of the match due to a serious collision between the two players, leaving the PSG player bleeding from the mouth, causing concern on the bench.

This concern affects the Paris Saint-Germain lineup

Nordi Mukiele is completely ruled out for the match at Parc des Princes between PSG and Barcelona for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

However, L'Equipe confirmed that the French defender, within the concussion protocol, was examined on April 8th by a neurologist and it has been decided that he rest this week. This leads to him missing the important Parisian clash against the Blaugrana.

Due to this incident in the Ligue 1 match, the French defender will not be available to face Barcelona. Although he was the candidate to start due to Achraf Hakimi's absence due to the accumulation of yellow cards and his consequent absence in the first leg of the UCL quarterfinals.

However, Luis Enrique is already looking for a replacement in this position, exploring interesting alternatives for this match.

What could be Paris Saint-Germain's possible lineup?

The options on the table, according to rumors circulating among French fans and media, suggest that Paris Saint-Germain could take to the field with a 5-2-3 lineup. In this formation, the center-backs would be Lucas Hernandez, Danilo Pereira, and Marquinhos, while the wing-backs could be Zaire Emery on the right and Nuno Mendes on the left.

In the midfield, there would be Vitinha and Fabian Ruiz (or Manuel Ugarte), and the attacking trio would consist of Kylian Mbappe, Goncalo Ramos, and Ousmane Dembele.

This alternative seems to be the most likely for the match. However, Zaire-Emery's position as a right wing-back would be novel, as his position could be more defensive than offensive.

The game on April 10th leaves the doors open to any starting lineup, and we are getting closer and closer to knowing which team will advance to the tournament's semifinal between Barcelona FC and Paris Saint-Germain.