Neymar Included in PSG's 21-Man Champions League Squad to Face Borussia Dortmund

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2020

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 01: Neymar Jr of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Montpellier HSC at Parc des Princes on February 01, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has included Neymar in his 21-man UEFA Champions League squad for their clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson relayed the news after PSG announced the squad on Monday:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Thomas Tuchel has opted to leave Paredes out, suggesting he could have played some part for PSG in Dortmund but would not have been fully fit. #UCL #BVB

Neymar has missed PSG's last four matches in all competitions with a rib injury, and Tuchel was previously unsure if he'd be fit to play against the German side:

Goal @goal

🗣 Thomas Tuchel: "I can't say that Neymar will be 100 per cent to play against Borussia Dortmund. "We will discuss and decide on Friday, the latest possible time to do so. We can't risk his fitness." 🤕 https://t.co/yV3wElbmQP

The Parisians take on BVB in the away leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday before hosting them at the Parc des Princes on March 11.

Since his arrival in the French capital in 2017, injuries have restricted Neymar to appearing in just one Champions League knockout match.

In his first season at the club, he managed to play in the first leg of their last-16 tie with Real Madrid, which they lost 3-1, but a fractured metatarsal ruled him out of the second. PSG subsequently lost that 2-1.

Last season, he missed both legs of the round of 16 with the same injury. The Parisians beat Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford before losing 3-1 at home, so they went out on away goals.

PSG have more attacking options this season following the arrivals of Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia last summer, but having Neymar available is an enormous boost to their chances.

The Brazilian has only played 18 occasions this season because of injuries, but in that time he has displayed exceptional form, scoring 15 times and offering up 10 assists.

He has incredible chemistry with Kylian Mbappe, too:

Ben McAleer @BenMcAleer1

Players to assist Kylian Mbappe's Ligue 1 goals this season: J. Bernat ❌ A. Di Maria A. Di Maria A. Di Maria A. Di Maria Neymar Neymar Neymar Neymar A. Di Maria A. Di Maria Neymar Neymar T. Meunier Di Maria ➡️ Mbappe and Neymar ➡️ Mbappe is the joint-best 🅰️➡️⚽️ combo in L1 https://t.co/K0YxKoYXgP

If Neymar is able to get on the pitch, he's likely to have plenty of joy against Dortmund. In their last eight matches in all competitions, the German outfit have shipped 16 goals.  

They've also scored 28 goals in that time, though, so there could be plenty of action at both ends of the pitch.


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