Liverpool’s game against Paris Saint-Germain is a week away, and a lot can change in a week. For now, though, it looks like the French big-spenders will end the international break and head into that match with two very big injury concerns.
As of today, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are both doubts to face Liverpool next week, and reports claim that Neymar in particular is almost certain to miss the match that could all but decide which of the two clubs advance to the knockout rounds.
Neymar suffered a strained adductor muscle eight minutes into Brazil’s friendly against Cameroon on Tuesday and while it didn’t seem serious at first, when he returned to PSG it was determined that he would likely be out for two weeks.
As for Mbappe, a late shoulder injury as France took on Uruguay means he will at least miss the weekend’s game for PSG—though, unlike his Brazilian teammate, his availability beyond that is less certain and he might be able to take on the Reds.
For Liverpool’s part, it would still seem wise to prepare for the game expecting both will be able to play some role in it—nothing matters more than the Champions League to PSG and this could be their most important game of the season.
For PSG, Ligue 1 is already essentially wrapped up at they’re 13 points ahead of Lille a third of the way through the season, and PSG’s owners spent €400M to bring in Neymar and Mbappe with one goal in mind: winning the Champions League.
If they lose on Wednesday, their season will been written off as failure before December. Right now, Neymar and Mbappe seem unlikely to play, but a lot can change in a week and if they’re even half fit to face Liverpool they likely will.