Marquinhos, the captain of Paris Saint-Germain, has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury, but he could return to lead the champions against Le Havre AC on Sunday.

Marquinhos tore his hamstring three weeks ago after PSG’s 3-0 win at Stade de Reims, missing the club’s next two games – a 5-2 win over AS Monaco followed by a 1-1 draw with Newcastle in the UEFA Champions League.

 

The first of those two results moved Paris a point ahead of OGC Nice and six ahead of Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 Uber Eats, while the latter assured at least UEFA Europa League football into the new year, with knock-out rounds at Europe’s top table still a possibility.

Marquinhos coming off the bench?

 

Marquinhos could have a warm-up game on Sunday, but Luis Enrique may save him for the FC Nantes game next week, with Milan Skriniar and Lucas Hernandez  capable of covering at the heart of his defense.

Further forward, Ousmane Dembélé made his PSG debut against Monaco, scoring a spectacular first goal since joining from Barcelona in the summer, Enrique praised his winger.

 

“I keep insisting on my point: Ousmane Dembélé is the most influential football player in the world, no doubts,” he stated. “He is unconcerned about mistakes.” He keeps going because he enjoys trying new things. He doesn’t take criticism well. He always comes up with good ideas.”

 

PSG in the absence of WZE

Dembélé can be expected to play in the final third alongside Kylian Mbappé on Sunday, although Randal Kolo Muani could be replaced by Gonçalo Ramos. Meanwhile, Warren Zare-Emery is sidelined for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury.

 

If Dembélé has been inspiring PSG recently, André Ayew was expected to do the same for Le Havre after signing on a free three weeks ago, but his debut against FC Nantes was only two minutes old when he was sent off.

 

The veteran Ghanaian replaced Loc Négo on 65 minutes but was sent off on 67 for studding Eray Cömert in the shin. The result kept Le Havre in seventh place, and Enrique’s counterpart Luka Elsner was delighted.

 

Played better with 10!’ says Elsner.

“When we went down to 10 men, we had better ball control, but we shouldn’t get too used to it!” The entire crew worked tirelessly to bring us a result. Taking a point away from home against a direct adversary is still crucial. It’s a good point, but we could have done better.”

 

Ayew is suspended for the match against PSG, joining Oussama Targhalline (ruptured Achilles) and Mathieu Gorgelin (ankle).Arouna Sangante is one booking away from a suspension, but as captain, he will undoubtedly start..

 

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