Missing Players and team news:
Strasbourg have finally welcomed first-choice goalkeeper Matz Sels back in between the sticks after a long period on the sidelines, but Lebo Mothiba continues to recuperate from his own serious knee problem. The hosts would ideally have both Alexander Djiku and Mohamed Simakan marshalling the rearguard against the champions, but both players remain in the treatment room and are unlikely to return in time for this battle. Laurey may decide to revert to a back five against PSG’s rampageous attackers, meaning that Lionel Carole could return in defence as Dimitri Lienard is sacrificed in midfield. Neymar has been handed a two-game ban following his sending-off against Lille, meaning that Moise Kean should return to the fold after being introduced as a substitute against Bayern. The extent of Marquinhos’s injury is currently unclear, but the centre-back will certainly not be available here, and Pochettino must also work around the absences of COVID-positive duo Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi, as well as the injured Layvin Kurzawa and Mauro Icardi. The visitors should certainly shuffle the pack with the second leg against Bayern in mind, with Leandro Paredes returning from suspension and Pablo Sarabia, Rafinha and Ander Herrera all pushing for starts.