Who is playing for PSG vs. Olympique Marseille in the French Cup?
PSG visits Marseille on Wednesday for a French Cup edition of the Classique as part of the competition's Round of 16 matchups in a clash against OM to kick a mad rush of games through the month of February off.
It's (almost) all good news for Paris Saint-Germain and Christophe Galtier entering Wednesday's game considering the recent developments around the capital regarding injuries and suspensions.
Paris won't be able to have any supporters on the stands, though, after the authorities from the region of Marseille banned PSG fans from attending the game and traveling to the city ahead of the matchup between PSG and OM. It's the nth time it happens and it's already been 14 years and running with the ban in place.
On the bright side, PSG will be able to feature all of Marco Verratti (returning from suspension), Neymar (back from resting), and Lionel Messi while Kylian Mbappe will sit this one out (and the next couple of weeks) while nursing his own injury.
With Keylor Navas out of Paris and now playing on loan at Nottingham Forest, Gigio Donnarumma will be the goalie of choice for the remainder of the French Cup.
Sergio Ramos is back available but doubtful to play from the start considering Danilo is available and started last weekend's game in the middle of the defense only leaving that role after Renato Sanches was forced out of the game with an injury.
Marquinhos is an obvious starter on the back line. Presnel Kimpembe has trained with the group for a few days as he's already recovered from his Achilles injury, although it might be too soon for him to start a game, let alone against OM.
Achraf Hakimi poses little doubts on the right with Nordi Mukiele still out injured, while there is still a question on the left considering Nuno Mendes might be given some rest opening the door for a start by Juan Bernat.
Verratti returns to the deepest midfield position and is expected to play next to an ever-improving Fabian Ruiz and Vitinha. There have been some rumblings about the possibility of titi Warren Zaire-Emery starting this game but with the opponent being OM and as strong as they come it's hard to see that happen.
Neymar is another player carrying some question marks above his availability from the get-go, but after missing two games entirely while training by himself he should be good to go from the start.
If that's the case and considering all of the absences due to injury, Lionel Messi should be the other attacking forward on the lineup with Hugo Ekitike leading the team in the most advanced position as the lone striker.
In case Neymar isn't fit enough to play the full 90 minutes, it's reasonable to expect Carlos Soler to get the call and make it to the starting lineup as he's been doing for the past few matches.