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Papers: Koeman wants Dest and Araujo to be ready for PSG

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The clash against Paris Saint-Germain in the first round of the Champions League knockout stages is getting closer by the minute. Unfortunately for Barcelona, they will arrive to the game with a lot of players still missing due to injury.

However, if SPORT‘s cover this morning is to be believed, Ronald Koeman is counting on both Sergino Dest and Ronald Araujo to be fit for the match.

The paper even says the gaffer might ‘force‘ the duo to participate in order to give his defence more speed and stability. PSG have an incredibly deadly attack and since the Catalans have been shaky in the back, this could be a big problem come Tuesday night.

Koeman is aware of those issues in defence and that seems to be his main worry ahead of the game. Still, there are some bad news for Paris Saint-Germain as well.

Mundo Deportivo‘s focus this morning is on the French team as they say that Neymar Jr. will most likely miss both legs of the fixture.

The Brazilian could be out for as long as four weeks, which means he’s definitely cossed off for the first leg and in serious doubt for the second. This, needless to say, is a huge blow for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

For Barcelona, however, it is something they can work with. After all, Neymar is still one of their most important players and this could help the Catalans overcome a difficult opponent.

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