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Tuchel provides injury update on Neymar ahead of Man United clash

PSG rest Neymar for Nimes clash Tuchel provides injury update on Neymar ahead of Man United clash
Cary Erickson | 17 October, 2020, 17:30

PSG beat Nîmes 0-4 and the Frenchman was one of the prominent figures, both for his double and for a message that has generated admiration on social networks.

The World Cup victor earned a starting role for the Paris-based club today when they made the trip to the Stade des Costieres grounds to face off with the side based in Nîmes.

The Ligue 1 clash came just three days after Neymar scored a hat-trick against Peru in World Cup qualifying in Lima to move past Ronaldo and into second for the most goals for Brazil .

Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos are suspended, while Marco Verratti and Mauro Icardi are among those missing due to injury. "We talked together like I did with Kylian", he said.

Ander Herrera, cleared to return after a positive Covid-19 test, drew the first in a series of superb saves from Nimes goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet having replaced the injured Paredes.

Tuchel said he made a decision to rest the forward, but he expects Neymar back when PSG open their Champions League campaign at home to Manchester United on Tuesday.

He appeared as a substitute for Italy in their Nations League draw with the Netherlands on Wednesday but is still likely to be fresher than Mbappe, who played all of France's 2-1 win in Croatia and scored the victor. "He's a very technical player, very humble and very easy to get on with".

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"I know he'll be able to adapt quickly and of course he'll be able to play".

Kean, 20, was drafted in from Everton on loan just before the closure of the transfer window.

He is likely to be fresher than PSG's other star striker Kylian Mbappé, who played throughout France's 2-1 win in Croatia on Wednesday night.

Around 5,000 fans will attend the game in Nimes, which does not feature in the French government's list of cities included in a curfew.

Residents where the curfew is in place will not be allowed to be outdoors between 9.00pm and 6.00am from Saturday, for at least four weeks, except for essential reasons.

He could make his Bordeaux debut tomorrow at Marseille, another of his former clubs.