Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar will start Tuesday’s key Champions League clash against RB Leipzig after making his much-awaited comeback from injury.
The Brazilian forward returned from a three-week hamstring injury layoff on Friday but couldn’t stop his side falling to a frustrating 3-2 defeat at Monaco.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel gave Neymar half an hour to build up his fitness before the Group H clash at the Parc des Princes, and confirmed he would be available in Europe.
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel told L’Equipe: ‘Neymar? He is determined. Yes, he will start against Leipzig.’
Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 33, inspired Monaco to a thrilling comeback win in what could prove a crucial result for the Ligue 1 title race.
PSG were 2-0 up at half time thanks to a double from Kylian Mbappe but a second-half brace from Kevin Volland and a Fabregas penalty after Abdou Diallo’s red card completed the turnaround.
The French champions still lead Niko Kovac’s Monaco by four points with 11 games played, but the complacency shown by his side infuriated Tuchel.
As reported by Sportsmail on Saturday, the former Borussia Dortmund boss slammed his team for thinking they had already won the game.
Tuchel told Telefoot: ‘Catastrophic? Yes, the second half.
”We controlled the game, we scored two goals, and we could have scored two more.
‘We are completely responsible for this defeat, when the match was almost over in our favour.
‘They (the players) felt it was 3-0 or 4-0 when it was only 2-0. I have no explanation. I have to accept all the criticism, because we have completely stopped playing, and we haven’t done what is necessary to win.’
Moreover, after a bad-tempered 2-1 defeat to Leipzig in Germany on November 4, last year’s losing finalists PSG are third in their Champions League group.
They are only ahead of Istanbul Basaksehir on goal difference at the halfway stage and know another loss to Leipzig could be catastrophic for their European hopes.