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Ligue 1: Mbappé absent, lights on Neymar

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD – | Neymar, scorer for his first match with Paris, on the lawn of Guingamp, August 13, 2017

In full speculation about his future, Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé will not travel to Metz on Friday, on behalf of a third day of Ligue 1 which will see the new star of the PSG, Neymar, play his first home game , At the Parc des Princes Sunday evening.

Mbappé “is not at 100%” and “is not in a great moment of form,” explained his coach Leonardo Jardim, to justify the absence of the Monegasque nugget in the group.

Last Sunday, he had not entered the game during the victory against Dijon (4-1). “It was a decision of the club” and not a sanction against the young striker and his possible desires to leave, assured Jardim three days later.

“We do not punish our players, it’s not a good word, we can say + protect +, a better word.” When things happen around an 18-year-old, it’s our responsibility to Protect “, had hammered the technician.

Even if the situation has not evolved so far, the name of the French prodigy comes back insistently in the rumors of mercato, evoked sometimes on the side of Real, now PSG. In this context, his slightest acts and gestures are subject to interpretation …

The other tracker is of course Neymar – the Brazilian star of the PSG – transferred from FC Barcelona for a record amount of 222 million euros.

The striker successfully made his debut against Guingamp (3-0) with a goal and a decisive pass. He is now expected to stand firm at the Parc des Princes for his first home run.

The PSG (2nd, 6 pts) receives Toulouse (9th, 3 pts) Sunday night at 21:00. “Neymar is already impressive (…) After, if he can walk on the laces on Sunday …”, amused the trainer of Tefécé Pascal Dupraz, questioned by the Parisian.

“Neymar’s signature is a boon for French football, it’s a boon,” the Toulousain rejoiced, “honored” to face a formation made up of stars.

Saturday at 17h00, the leader Lyon (6 pts) will host Bordeaux (6th, 4 pts).

Program of the 3rd day of Ligue 1

Friday

(20h45) Metz – Monaco

Saturday

(17h00) Lyon – Bordeaux

(20:00) Montpellier – Strasbourg

Nice – Guingamp

Rennes – Dijon

Saint-Etienne – Amiens

Troyes – Nantes

Sunday

(15h00) Lille – Caen

(17h00) Marseille – Angers

(21h00) Paris SG – Toulouse

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