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Neymar back in PSG training ahead of Real Madrid tie

Next week, Paris Saint-Germain faces Real Madrid in a huge Champions League clash and may have Neymar back available for the match.

Neymar took part in PSG training on Thursday and has a chance of featuring in next week’s Champions League.

Neymar has not played for PSG since November 28 after spraining the ligaments during the 3-1 win.

The 30-year-old, initially due to miss between six and eight weeks, has sat out the Parisians’ past 12 matches.

However, he has stepped up his recovery programme by playing a small part in group training on the eve of PSG’s Ligue 1 meeting with Rennes.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino has ruled Neymar out of Friday’s game.

But I will decide whether he can play any part against Madrid in five days next week.

Neymar back in PSG training ahead of Real Madrid tie

“He’s a great player who wants to play in the big games,” Pochettino said at a pre-match news conference.

“But he’s an experienced player who has had injuries before.

“He has the maturity to be able to handle these types of situations and use these situations to bring out the best in himself.

“We will wait and decide in the next few days if he will be there for Tuesday.”

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Neymar back in PSG training ahead of Real Madrid tie

Neymar struggled for top form before his spell on the sidelines, managing three goals and three assists.

Real Madrid great Sergio Ramos, meanwhile, also still has a chance of playing against his former side in next week’s first leg at Parc des Princes.

Ramos sustained another calf injury two weeks ago and has missed PSG’s previous two games.

But he started running again on Thursday and will be evaluated in the next 48 hours.

Since arriving in July, the Spain international has played just five times for Pochettino’s side in all competitions, totalling 284 minutes of action on the field.

Indeed, he played just eight matches in all club-level competitions in 2021, while his last appearance for Spain was against Kosovo last March.

The Ligue 1 leaders also announced ahead of their meeting with Rennes that Herrera will return to training on Sunday.

Madrid is still waiting to see if star striker Karim Benzema will be ready.

Benzema has scored in his past four Champions League appearances, netting five times in total.

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Neymar back in PSG training ahead of Real Madrid tie

“If he is not there, it would be a big loss for Madrid,” Pochettino said.

“He’s one of the best strikers in the world.

“He’s a great player who shows his talent in a club like Real year after year.

“But I’m not saying that it will benefit PSG because Real have a huge squad.”

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