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Thomas Tuchel confirms Neymar is close to PSG comeback

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel confirmed reports stating that Neymar could make a return for Sunday’s showdown against AS Monaco.

The Brazilian forward hasn’t seen a minute of competitive action for nearly four months after sustaining metatarsal damage in his right foot during PSG’s  2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg.

Neymar had returned to training to PSG at the beginning of this month after going back to his homeland to recover from his injury.

But reports in France emerged on Friday claiming that the former Barcelona star is in line for a possible return in PSG’s potential Ligue 1 title decider against Monaco on Sunday.

And now Tuchel has confirmed it’s true as PSG look bounce back from successive defeats to Lille OSC and Nantes.

“Neymar has taken part in a lot of full training sessions. He’s working hard, very hard, with a great attitude and he’s looking forward to playing, that’s clear. The test results are good, he doesn’t feel any pain,” said Tuchel on the club’s website.

“There are two sessions left before we decide on whether he might feature against Monaco, but I have noted that he feels free, confident, in recent times.

“He shoots, he’s good in one-on-ones and makes the difference in training, which are good signs. The most important thing with Ney is that he feels free on the pitch, happy to play without apprehension, and that he’s protected by the referee too.

“I honestly hope that after this injury he’ll keep his passion for the game, because he’s a special player, everyone comes to the stadium to see him play. He likes challenges, that’s his style, and perhaps we’ll see him on Sunday. I hope so, in any case.”

Kylian Mbappe is expected to be restored to the line-up after being rested at Nantes this weekend against old club Monaco.

But Tuchel will only make late decisions on whether or not to play stars Edinson Cavani, Marquinhos, Julian Draxler and Angel Di Maria.

A draw is all that’s required for PSG to be confirmed as Ligue 1 champions on Sunday unless second-place Lille fail to defeat Toulouse in their match earlier in the day.

The match between PSG and Monaco will take place at the Parc Des Princes, with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain looks on after the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)