Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar will not be available for Friday’s Ligue 1 encounter with Ajaccio at the Stade Francois-Coty.
The 30-year-old will serve a one-game suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards, although he would have reportedly been doubtful either way as he appears in court on charges of fraud and corruption relating to his move from Santos to Barcelona, which he denies.
Pablo Sarabia would be the obvious inclusion alongside Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe for Friday’s game, but Christophe Galtier might be tempted to hand a chance to Hugo Ekitike.
The PSG boss switched to a 4-3-1-2 setup for the Classique win over Marseille last weekend, so Ekitike should have a strong chance of joining Mbappe up front as Messi pulls the strings just behind the pair.
Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz and Marco Verratti will expect to line up as the midfield triumvirate once more, as Galtier is unlikely to revert to a three-man defence given his wealth of absentees in that area.
Sergio Ramos is serving the second of a two-game ban, Presnel Kimpembe is still out with a hamstring problem, and Danilo Pereira left the field with an injury in the same area against Marseille.
Galtier expressed concern that Pereira’s injury could be a “severe” one, so Nordi Mukiele ought to line up alongside Marquinhos in front of ever-present Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Nuno Mendes is also nursing a hamstring injury of his own, so Juan Bernat‘s spot on the left is safe as Achraf Hakimi holds his place on the opposite side.
PSG possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Mukiele, Marquinhos, Bernat; Verratti, Vitinha, Ruiz; Messi; Mbappe, Ekitike