Neymar will return to training with the Paris Saint-Germain squad next week, but team-mate Mauro Icardi requires a fitness test ahead of Saturday's Ligue 1 trip to Brest.

Brazil forward Neymar has not featured for PSG since their 4-0 win over Angers on October 5 after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty.

The 27-year-old has started individual training and will step up his recovery next week, having been left out of Brazil's squad for their two friendlies this month.

PSG may also be without Icardi for their next league outing, though, after the on-loan Inter striker was substituted in the second half of Wednesday's 1-0 win against Club Brugge with a knock.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel said after the game that match-winner Icardi had been playing through the pain barrier, and he will undergo an assessment on a foot injury on Friday.

Thilo Kehrer is back in training ahead of the clash with Brest, but Ander Herrera will definitely miss out because of a thigh injury while Thomas Meunier is also out until after the international break.

Champions PSG lost 2-1 to Dijon last weekend but are seven points clear of second-placed Angers in Ligue 1.

Ander Herrera backed Neymar to win the Ballon d'Or one day after the forward's impressive start to the season for Paris Saint-Germain continued.

Neymar scored his second late winner in as many games this campaign, leading PSG to a 1-0 victory over Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The forward was heavily linked with a return to Barcelona during the transfer window, but ended up staying in Paris and has starred on his return.

Herrera, who arrived at PSG in July, believes the Brazil international is a future Ballon d'Or winner.

"I'm delighted to play with Neymar. I will not talk about his transfer window," the midfielder said, via L'Equipe.

"Now, Neymar is with us. He is a fantastic player who can be Ballon d'Or, this season, in a year, in two years.

"We are very happy. I hope he can play like that all season."

PSG's win saw them move seven points clear of ninth-placed Lyon, although their lead at the top is just three points to Angers and Nice.

But Herrera laughed off any suggestions the title was already won for Thomas Tuchel's men.

"No, there are only six matches. I just saw the table. There is Rennes, Angers, Marseille," he said.

"We respect a lot of teams and all opponents. We will always play with respect."

Ander Herrera is excited to play alongside Neymar and believes the Brazilian can challenge fellow Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe to win the Ballon d'Or.

The 27-year-old made his return from injury by featuring twice for Brazil during the international break and is in contention to start PSG's Ligue 1 clash with Strasbourg on Saturday.

Neymar has finished third in the Ballon d'Or running in two of the last four seasons and, despite missing Brazil's Copa America triumph and the opening month of PSG's title defence, Herrera thinks he will be in the running to be crowned the world's greatest player.

Herrera, who is in line to make his first league appearance for the Parisians since joining from Manchester United during the close season, also rates striker Mbappe and midfielder Marco Verratti among the best around.

"[Neymar] is one of the five best players in the world and a candidate for the gold ball with Mbappe," he told reporters.

"I'm excited and happy to play with Neymar. For me, it's great. This is an incredible opportunity for me to play with players like Neymar, like Kylian Mbappe or Marco Verratti, who can for me become the best midfielder very soon. 

"We are going to make sure that he has his best season and that he is even better."

Paris Saint-Germain have been dealt an injury blow just days from their Ligue 1 season opener after Ander Herrera suffered a calf strain.

Herrera, who joined PSG in July after his contract at Manchester United expired, played in last week's 2-1 victory over Rennes in the Trophee des Champions as he rounded off a busy pre-season with his new club.

But PSG confirmed Spanish midfielder Herrera, 29, injured his left calf in training on Wednesday and will face three to four weeks on the sidelines.

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel has the likes of €18million signing Pablo Sarabia available in midfield, as well as the likes of Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye and Julian Draxler, but the loss of Herrera just four days before PSG's clash with Nimes is nevertheless a significant blow.

Herrera made 22 Premier League appearances for United in 2018-19 but his opportunities were restricted by hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the campaign.

Following the victory over Rennes, Tuchel said Herrera has "yet to adapt" to his side's style of play.

Thomas Tuchel applauded the early impact of new signing Pablo Sarabia following Paris Saint-Germain's Trophee des Champions win over Rennes, though he is staying patient with Ander Herrera.

Spanish midfielder Sarabia joined PSG from Sevilla for a reported €18million last month and he impressed in his official debut on Saturday.

The 27-year-old set up Kylian Mbappe for PSG's equaliser in the 57th minute, as the Ligue 1 champions eventually went on to win 2-1 thanks to Angel Di Maria.

Sarabia's compatriot Herrera also featured following his free transfer from Manchester United, but he was withdrawn for Di Maria just past the hour and Tuchel accepts the central midfielder still has work to do.

"We can see that their mentality is good," Tuchel told reporters after the match.

"Herrera has yet to adapt to us. We play differently to Manchester United, so he has to adapt to our style of play.

"Pablo is really impressive. He runs well, with and without a ball. His game without the ball is a great example. He plays with a lot of intensity and does not stop [working] defensively."

Centre-back Marquinhos once again featured in midfield against Rennes, a role he often played last term due to PSG's lack of defensive-minded options in that position.

But, following the signing of Idrissa Gueye from Everton, Tuchel expects to see Marquinhos return to his centre-back role with more regularity.

"I hope so. That would mean that Idrissa is playing at the level we expect," Tuchel said. "He [Gueye] plays exactly at this No.6 position.

"But Marquinhos, it is important that he is on the pitch. He's only done three workouts and is already playing like that? It's extraordinary.

"I like him a lot in the midfield, because he thinks of the right way and his passing quality is top."

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the free transfer of Ander Herrera following his Manchester United departure.

Herrera, 29, ran down his contract at Old Trafford and has subsequently signed a five-year deal in Paris.

United struggled to challenge for major honours on a regular basis during Herrera's time at the club, and he highlighted PSG's recent record of winning titles as a major reason for choosing them.

"Paris Saint-Germain are the greatest club in France," he told PSG's website. "They keep on improving and compete to win every possible title.

"I was looking forward to coming to Paris and to wearing those colours. I hope to continue to make history with the club. Joining this club is an amazing feeling.

"I also love the city. Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. I promise three things: work, professionalism and passion.

"I also promise to improve my French because I think that the language is very important for the team's communication."

United had been eager to extend Herrera's stay at the club, having joined from Athletic Bilbao in 2014.

However, the Red Devils are reported to have baulked at his salary demands, allowing PSG to complete a deal once Herrera's departure was confirmed in April.

Spain international Herrera provides much-needed midfield reinforcements for PSG, after they found themselves short of numbers in the centre last term.

Following the departures of Lassana Diarra and Adrien Rabiot, he becomes only PSG's third senior central midfielder alongside Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes, who had been linked with a move after an unimpressive first few months at the club.

Herrera is PSG's second signing of the close-season, following compatriot Pablo Sarabia to the Parc des Princes after his reported €20million move from Sevilla.

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