PSG to play Champions League without Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe

Author: BBC
PSG would play without the trio
PSG would play without the trio

Paris St-Germain will be without their entire first-choice strike force of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe when they host Real Madrid.

Neymar is suspended after insulting match officials last season, while Cavani and Mbappe are both injured.

Former Stoke forward Eric Choupo-Moting could start, with doubts over the match fitness of loan signing Mauro Icardi.

"Everybody knows we miss a few strikers but I trust the players I have for this game," said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.

Real Madrid also have a number of absentees, with Marcelo the latest player to be ruled out after suffering a neck injury against Levante in La Liga on Saturday.

Luka Modric, Isco and Marco Asensio are also injured, while Nacho and Sergio Ramos are suspended.

Eden Hazard could make his first Real Madrid start after making his debut as a substitute at the weekend. The former Chelsea forward missed Madrid's opening three games after picking up a thigh injury in pre-season.

Gareth Bale is also available after he sat out the Levante game through suspension.