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PSG: without Mukiele, with Barcola against Barcelona?

“Thank you everyone for your messages, I’m fine! More fear than harm.

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PSG: without Mukiele, with Barcola against Barcelona?

“Thank you everyone for your messages, I’m fine! More fear than harm." Nordi Mukiele wanted to be reassuring on Saturday, after PSG-Clermont (1-1). Finally, it seems that the Parisian staff were right to release him... The 26-year-old player is indeed expected to stay cool for PSG-Barcelona. Recall of facts.

The French international (1 selection) collided with Massamba Ndiaye, CF63 goalkeeper, at full speed at the start of the match. Remaining on the ground for many minutes, his face bleeding, he was immediately replaced. Which had provoked his anger. We saw him explaining with Doctor Flamant and Luis Campos before rushing into the tunnel to return to the locker room. “When there is an action of this type, there is a protocol that must be respected, with the doctor and the physiotherapist who are in charge. Clearly, this was a dangerous action and in this case, prevention is better than regret later. Even if Nordi wanted to continue, it's better not to take any risks. But I understand, it’s been a while since he played, he wanted to help the team,” Luis Enrique told the press on Saturday evening.

PSG published this press release on Sunday: “Victim of a head impact and forced to give up his place following the application of the concussion protocol put in place by the FFF, Mukiele will carry out additional examinations with a specialist neurologist ( this Monday). A new point will be made later.

We are still waiting for an update from the capital club at the time of writing these lines, but according to our colleagues from L’Équipe, the ax has fallen. “The decision to rest the PSG defender this week has been made,” we assure. Clearly, Mukiele will not be part of the group called to defend the Parisian colors against FC Barcelona on Wednesday (9 p.m.), at the Parc des Princes, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. The former Montpellier native, however, did not start the match in favor of the forecasts, while Luis Enrique will have to do without the services of Achraf Hakimi (suspended). Mukiele is the only other right-back in the squad, but the Spanish coach has only limited confidence in him. Passed by Leipzig, the native of Montreuil played 16 matches in 2023-24.

Injured in the thigh with Thierry Henry's Bleuets, Bradley Barcola has missed the capital club's last three matches (OM, Rennes, Clermont). According to information from RMC radio, the former Lyonnais participated in this Monday's training session in Poissy. He is therefore applying for a place in the group with a view to PSG-Barça, even if “no risks will be taken”, as our colleagues specify, adding that it would be “a big surprise” to see him appear in the starting 11 . Except that with Luis Enrique, there are never really any surprises, it's the norm with him...

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