Tuchel “more optimistic” about Neymar, Mbappe fitness for Liverpool

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Neymar and Kylian Mbappe will return to Paris Saint-Germain training on Monday ahead of a crucial UEFA Champions League meeting with Liverpool at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

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Both players were injured on international duty and missed PSG’s 1-0 win over Toulouse in Ligue 1. Dani Alves returned to the lineup in the win.

“I am more optimistic than yesterday about Ney and Kylian,” said PSG manager Thomas Tuchel. “They will be able to train on Monday.”

Liverpool’s season is back on its upward trend following decisive wins at Watford and Fulham, but the Reds split their UCL series with Red Star Belgrade to put their knockout round status in question.

The Reds are level with Napoli on six points atop the group, a point better than PSG and two ahead of Red Star.

Napoli hosts Red Star on Wednesday. Group play concludes Dec. 11 with Napoli at Liverpool and Red Star home to PSG.