Paris Saint-Germain will be patient with Neymar's recovery from injury, head coach Thomas Tuchel has insisted.

The Brazil star's availability for Wednesday's Coupe de France quarter-final tie at Dijon will be determined after he has been assessed at a training session on Tuesday.

Neymar has missed PSG's 2-1 win at Nantes and 4-2 victory over Lyon in the past week having suffered a rib injury against Montpellier on February 1.

He returned to training last Friday but Tuchel is eager not to rush his star man back onto the pitch.

"Neymar is injured, we have to be patient and careful with him," said Tuchel.

"We are going to decide [if he can play] after training."

Tuchel confirmed it was too early for Marquinhos to return from a calf problem, with Saturday's Ligue 1 match away to Amiens instead being targeted for his comeback.

Thiago Silva and Bernat will be back in the mix but Presnel Kimpembe and Marco Verratti suffered knocks against Lyon and are out.

They join Marquinhos, Colin Dagba and Abdou Diallo on the injury list, with Tuchel reluctant to take risks ahead of next week's Champions League last-16 first leg against his former team Borussia Dortmund.

Lyon's last-gasp win over Nice means they will face Marseille in a Choc des Olympiques in the Coupe de France quarter-finals.

Houssem Aouar's 93rd-minute penalty ensured Lyon's progression on Thursday, with the substitute scoring just four minutes after Adam Ounas had made it 1-1, cancelling out Moussa Dembele's opener.

It means the headline fixture from the last eight will be a derby clash between Lyon and Marseille, who last met in November when Andre Villas-Boas' side won 2-1.

Meanwhile, 12-time winners PSG – who defeated Pau 2-0 in their round of 16 tie – have been handed an away match against Dijon.

Defending champions Rennes will take on fourth-tier Belfort, who defeated Montpellier on penalties in the previous round.

Fellow minnows Epinal also inflicted a shock in the round of 16, defeating Lille, and will face another Ligue 1 side in the form of Saint-Etienne.

The ties will take place on February 11 and 12.

Thomas Tuchel gave Leandro Paredes the captain's armband for Paris Saint-Germain's Coupe de France win over Pau to show the confidence he has in the midfielder.

Tuchel left Neymar out of his squad for the 2-0 win over the third-tier side, with Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria watching from the bench as PSG claimed a 2-0 win to reach the last eight.

Paredes has struggled to justify the outlay PSG spent on him in January. The Ligue 1 champions paid an initial €40million to Zenit, with the fee potentially rising to €47m.

However, he repaid Tuchel's confidence on Wednesday as he scored the opening goal - just his second for the club - with a superb volley in the 25th minute.

Pablo Sarabia's second-half effort effectively put the game beyond doubt.

"By giving the armband to Paredes, it was also the intention to show him the confidence we have in him," Tuchel told Eurosport. "He did well by scoring.

"You can't win if you don't make the effort - everyone thinks it's easy to always win, but it isn't. It always takes effort.

"Look when we scored, the bench players celebrated, and that's great. It's a good sign. I love that. If those on the bench are there for the others, are happy, that's good.

"I feel it every day. I have enormous confidence in my players."

PSG are 10 points clear at the top of the league, with the biggest game on the horizon their Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Tuchel's former club Borussia Dortmund on February 18.

"We are not in Dortmund yet - there is Montpellier this weekend and many other matches, we still have a lot of time," Tuchel added. 

"The best way to prepare for big games is to play every three days, to play and to play again. We are having a good time. We have good results, it is deserved, and it is never easy.

"Outside, there is always an atmosphere against us, and it's good to have managed to make this match and get this result.

"The goal is to find a state of mind in this kind of match - if we don't have it now, we won't find it in close matches. Each match is a small rehearsal, of the things that we do well, but also of those that we do not do well.

"There are of course things that can be improved. But in a club like PSG, it's important to have the victories, to follow up to have confidence and be in good condition.

"I told the players that this match was important, it was necessary to win if we want to win the cup."

Asked about the knee injury right-back Colin Dagba suffered in the second half, Tuchel replied: "No news. He has a lot of pain in the knee, but I don't know more.

"He was very good at the moment, he was very good against Lille, he is able to make an impact as soon as he returns."

Paris Saint-Germain eased into the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France with a routine 2-0 win at Pau.

Neymar was not named in the squad for the trip to the third-tier side, with Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria left on the bench for the visit to the Stade du Hameau.

However, neither was needed as the Ligue 1 leaders comfortably saw off the Championnat National promotion chasers with a goal in each half.

Leandro Paredes opened the scoring with only his second goal for the club after 25 minutes and Pablo Sarabia made sure of progression eight minutes into the second half.

PSG had not really threatened when Paredes opened the scoring in style.

Mauro Icardi laid Layvin Kurzawa's cross into the path of the Argentina midfielder, who controlled brilliantly before lashing a volley beyond Alexis Guendouz.

Kurzawa then spurned a chance to double the lead as he lashed across the face of goal, but Sarabia made no mistake after the restart.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw his point-blank effort from Mauro Icardi's pull back blocked by Damon Bansais and Sarabia was there to convert on the follow-up.

Pau pushed to try to find a way back into the contest, but a lack of cutting edge in the final third meant an unlikely comeback was never on the cards.

 

Edinson Cavani has asked to leave Paris Saint-Germain but the club have rejected an initial approach from Atletico Madrid, sporting director Leonardo confirmed.

PSG's record goalscorer Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season and has repeatedly been linked with a January move away from the Parc des Princes.

A move to Atletico appeared close earlier in the transfer window, and the Uruguay international sat out both the midweek win against Monaco and Sunday's 1-0 Coupe de France defeat of Lorient.

However, it is reported PSG have turned down a €10million bid from the LaLiga club, although Leonardo revealed there would be further discussions.

"Edinson Cavani has asked to leave. We are studying the situation," Leonardo told reporters. "We had an offer from Atletico Madrid, but we did not accept it.

"I don't know how this is going to turn out. We are going to discuss more. We know the situation. It is not an easy one."

On the possibility of bringing in a striker if Cavani left, the PSG chief added: "It is a good question. We are thinking it over."

Thomas Tuchel had little to add on the situation, however, referring back to Leonardo.

"I do not know if Edinson Cavani will be here in February," the coach told a news conference. "We do not know what will happen tomorrow - anything can happen.

"You want to discuss it, but I do not. Ask Leonardo."

After beating Lorient, PSG will visit third-tier Pau in the last 16. The pick of the draw sees Nice host Lyon.

Pablo Sarabia's header 10 minutes from time ensured Paris Saint-Germain did just enough to beat Ligue 2 side Lorient 1-0 and book their place in the last 16 of the Coupe de France.

Thomas Tuchel's men were far from their best at Stade du Moustoir and extra-time appeared to be on the cards, but Sarabia was decisive in the 80th minute to end Lorient's hopes of an upset.

While Tuchel did use the opportunity to rest some of his key players, PSG still had an exceptionally strong starting XI – but they offered very little spark or imagination in the first half, with Lorient actually crafting the best chance.

The contest was more open after half-time, particularly in the final 20 minutes, and Sarabia produced a well-placed header late on to seal the victory, as PSG look to go one better than last season in the competition, having finished runners-up in 2018-19

Although PSG managed eight shots in the first half, there was a distinct lack of goalmouth action and the Parisians struggled to test Paul Nardi in the Lorient goal.

The only major opportunity of the opening 45 minutes fell to the home side just past the half-hour mark – Yoane Wissa heading Jimmy Cabot's cross just wide from close range.

PSG were no more of a creative threat after the interval, with Angel Di Maria, Julian Draxler and Sarabia underwhelming in their attempts to supply Mauro Icardi with good service.

Icardi was finally presented with a chance in the 67th minute, latching on to Sarabia's looping header at the back post, but Nardi just managed to get in the way when the opening goal looked a certainty.

Chances began to flow a little more in the final 15 minutes, as Thiago Silva cut out a potentially goal-bound shot from Vincent Le Goff and Nardi made a fine save to thwart Sarabia.

But the former Sevilla winger was not to be denied soon after, peeling off his marker to head home Silva's delivery.

 

What does it mean? PSG persist but lack of decisiveness a concern

It is not often that PSG struggle to break their opponents down. With a slightly altered supporting cast for Icardi, the Parisians often appeared short of ideas on Sunday. Perhaps it came down to a lack of focus - if so, Tuchel will need to stamp that out quickly if they are to enjoy a successful season across all fronts.

Nardi a safe pair of hands

He perhaps did not come under quite as much pressure as he might have expected, but Nardi still produced a commanding performance in Lorient's goal. His save to deny Icardi in the second half was excellent, while he looked confident when dealing with crosses and high deliveries.

Di Maria disappoints

The most experienced player in PSG's attack on the day, Di Maria certainly cannot be accused of going missing, but very little of what he did was positive. Only one of his seven shots was accurate and he produced a solitary key pass – hardly decisive.

What's next?

Another cup tie awaits PSG, as they go to Reims in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday. Lorient return to league action two days later as the Ligue 2 leaders host Nancy.

Edinson Cavani looks set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after Thomas Tuchel suggested January departures will breed uncertainty following Leonardo's reported decision to keep the Uruguayan.

Cavani, 32, is into the final six months of his PSG contract and had been linked with an early exit after falling out of favour, but that now seems unlikely.

Sporting director Leonardo is said to have told Cavani he will not be allowed to leave in January, despite the pre-season arrival of Mauro Icardi limiting him to just four Ligue 1 starts this term.

The former Napoli striker was reportedly a target for Manchester United and Arsenal, however he looks set to see out the final months of his contract in Paris.

When asked if he agreed with Leonardo's reported decision, Tuchel said: "We need to make difficult decisions and we [Tuchel and Leonardo] have the same opinion.

"We don't like to change during the winter. It's not monopoly, it's a locker room, men who get on well together and who have formed a spirit.

"Each player entering or leaving creates uncertainty. If it's not necessary to change, that's fine. I am happy with the group."

PSG have not suffered with Cavani's decrease in playing time, as Icardi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have scored 28 Ligue 1 goals between them.

But Tuchel did not rule out the experienced forward fighting his way back into contention.

"It depends on the quality of others and of him," Tuchel said. "It's healthy competition between attackers.

"Kylian and Mauro have been great together. Edinson is fighting for his place. This is what we ask of him.

"He can do it. He's a great player, we never forget about him, but there is great competition. They can all play, but I can't promise anyone anything."

Cavani scored a brace in Sunday's 6-0 Coupe de France win over Linas-Montlhery, and while Tuchel was happy with his display, he also highlighted it was a match against sixth-tier opposition and suggested he will pick a first-choice XI for the Coupe de la Ligue visit of Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.

"It's good and I'm happy for Edi, but we played with Edi, [Julian] Draxler, [Pablo] Sarabia and [Adil] Aouchiche against a team from the sixth division," the German added.

"They played well but that's what we expect of them. This is the best thing for Edi and the attackers because it gives confidence, but we can't forget what Mauro, Neymar, Kylian and Angel [Di Maria] did for several games.

"They have the opportunity to start together tomorrow [Wednesday]. We are a great team, we need each player in good shape."

Paris Saint-Germain will travel to Lorient in the last 32 of the Coupe de France.

Last season's runners-up PSG were handed a trip to Ligue 2 Lorient, who play on an artificial pitch, in Monday's draw.

Thomas Tuchel rested Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Keylor Navas but his team still ran out 6-0 winners against Linas-Montlhery in the round of 64 on Sunday.

Marseille only got past Trellisac on penalties and their reward was a trip to National 2 outfit Granville, while Lyon will travel to Nantes in an all-Ligue 1 clash.

A last-gasp goal from Keita Balde Diao in Robert Moreno's first game at the helm ensured Monaco remained in the hat. They will travel to fourth-tier side Saint-Pryve Saint Hilaire, conquerors of Toulouse in the previous round.

Reunion's Saint-Pierroise, the only overseas team left in the draw, were handed a trip to National 2 team Epinal after an 18,000-kilometre round trip to Niort ended with a shock 2-1 victory.

Thomas Tuchel praised Paris Saint-Germain for their professionalism and humility in Sunday's 6-0 Coupe de France win over sixth-tier Linas-Montlhery.

Even without star names such as Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Mauro Icardi, PSG were expected to run out comprehensive winners and they did not disappoint.

After going into half-time 2-0 up thanks to goals from Adil Aouchiche and Edinson Cavani, the floodgates opened in the second period.

Cavani got another, Pablo Sarabia netted a brace and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting rounded the win off late on, as PSG sailed into the last 32 of the competition, and Tuchel praised their attitude.

"We were serious and very humble," he told reporters after the match. "We deserved to win.

"It was not easy because the opponent played well throughout the match, but we also played well. It was a nice team game. It's a good start for 2020."

Cavani was making only his sixth start of the season across all competitions, having lost his place since the arrival of Icardi, and Tuchel was happy to see the 32-year-old – who is expected to leave at the end of the season – give himself a confidence boost.

"Edi [Cavani] is there to score, this is what we ask of him," Tuchel said. "It gives him confidence, and that's the best thing."

PSG return to action on Wednesday when they host Saint-Etienne in the Couple de la Ligue.

Paris Saint-Germain eased into the last 32 of the Coupe de France thanks to a 6-0 thrashing of sixth-tier side Linas-Montlhery, with Edinson Cavani and Pablo Sarabia scoring two apiece.   Thomas Tuchel rested many of his star players, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi, but victory was never in doubt and they secured passage to the next stage with complete comfort.   PSG were dominant almost right from the start and eventually took the lead after half-an-hour through the highly rated Adil Aouchiche and made it 2-0 thanks to Cavani just prior to the interval, having seen Sergio Rico save Idrissa Kanoute's penalty just a few moments early.   Linas-Montlhery noticeably struggled more after the break as they began to tire and PSG added further goals through Cavani, a Sarabia brace and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting as they cruised to a comfortable win.   After seeing several chances go to waste during the early exchanges, PSG finally opened the scoring in the 30th minute – Aouchiche receiving Colin Dagba's cut-back and slotting home confidently after deceiving his marker with a clever turn.   The hosts had a wonderful opportunity for a famous goal 10 minutes later when Dagba tripped Issa Cisse in the box, but Rico saved Kanoute's subsequent spot-kick and PSG capitalised 73 seconds later.   Cavani led a counter and played Julian Draxler into the box, before receiving a return pass back towards the edge of the area and the Uruguayan clinically found the net.   The floodgates opened after half-time.   Cavani doubled his tally with an hour played, converting from close range after Gratien Tsota held on to the ball for too long having intercepted Draxler's throughball, before he teed up Sarabia for an easy finish to make it 4-0 a few minutes later.   Sarabia then got a second in the 69th minute, slamming in from 25 yards after goalkeeper Ali Lutumba had lost his balance.   PSG made it 6-0 late on, Lutumba making a mess of Sarabia's initial effort and Choupo-Moting buried the rebound.

What does it mean? PSG are better than sixth-tier opposition… Who knew?

Matches like this are very difficult to draw conclusions from unless something truly ridiculous occurs. A comfortable win was the very least expected of PSG, and that's what they delivered.

Nevertheless, the hosts can be commended for their performance through parts of the first half, as they probably should have scored at least once.

Aouchiche catches the eye

While Cavani, Draxler and Sarabia all had productive outings, all three are extremely experienced and should be tearing apart opposition of this standard. Aouchiche, on the other hand, is just 17 and was making only his second first-team appearance. The midfielder was lively, looked assured on the ball and got himself a lovely goal. You cannot ask for much more than that.

Kanoute fluffs his lines

It would be unfair to be too critical of any Linas-Montlhery player given the gulf in quality, but Kanoute's penalty was the perfect opportunity to put a bit of pressure on PSG and his effort was poor.

What's next?

PSG are in cup action again on Wednesday, as they host Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de la Ligue.  

Toulouse have confirmed the sacking of head coach Antoine Kombouare after the Ligue 1 club were dumped out of the Coupe de France by fourth-tier side Saint-Pryve Saint-Hilaire.

Kombouare's men crashed out in the competition's round of 64 on Saturday with Carnejy Antoine scoring in the sixth minute of added time to secure a 1-0 victory for the Championnat National 2 outfit.

It was a 10th defeat in a row for Toulouse in all competitions, the club having slipped to the bottom of the Ligue 1 table after winning two of Kombouare's first three games in charge.

Kombouare was only three months into his contract at Toulouse, which was due to run until 2021, with the ex-PSG coach having now left three clubs since November 2018.

The 56-year-old had short spells with Guingamp and Dijon before failing again with Toulouse, who have put Denis Zanko in temporary charge ahead of Saturday's home league game with Brest.

Robert Moreno got off to a victorious start as Monaco coach thanks to Benjamin Lecomte's late penalty save and Keita Balde Diao's 95th-minute winner in a Coupe de France clash against Reims.

Former Spain boss Moreno replaced Leonardo Jardim last week and began his tenure with a dramatic 2-1 triumph in the last-64 encounter at the Stade Louis II.

Keita headed home a cross from Wissam Ben Yedder after a goalless first half but Boulaye Dia restored parity in the 69th minute.

Reims were awarded a penalty when Adrien Silva fouled Hassane Kamara with six minutes left on the clock, but Lecomte kept out Moussa Doumbia from the spot.

Keita made the most of the reprieve, controlling Aleksandr Golovin's corner and rifling a crisp finish into the bottom-right corner with practically the last kick of the game.

Monaco return to Ligue 1 action a week on Sunday when they travel to Paris Saint-Germain, who visit the principality three days later.

Thomas Tuchel expects Edinson Cavani and Leandro Paredes to remain Paris Saint-Germain players beyond the January transfer window.

PSG's all-time leading goalscorer Cavani has struggled to get into the team following the loan signing of Mauro Icardi and has been tipped to join Atletico Madrid.

Argentina international Paredes is also reportedly seeking a move away after being restricted to eight starts in all competitions this term, but Tuchel has placed his trust in both players.

"Paredes played a lot during the end of last year," he said. "He showed he is capable of being an important player and can influence our game.

"As for Edinson, I've said it before – it was difficult when he picked up an injury as he lost his rhythm and others played well. 

"But he is here, in a good frame of mind and everyone has to prepare in the best way to be ready when needed. 

"I trust them and think they will stay with us. It is not necessary to imagine anything else."

Juventus pair Mattia De Sciglio and Emre Can have been linked with a move to the Parc des Princes, meanwhile, but Tuchel is not pushing for new signings.

"Anything can happen, but I haven't asked for anything," he said. "I love my team and my players. I like working with them and we have a good connection. 

"There is no need for players to leave or arrive. If players are coming, okay. But as Leonardo said, he takes care of that and I take care of training. I'm calm with that."

PSG return from a two-week break with a trip to amateur side Linas-Montlhery in the Coupe de France round of 64 on Sunday.

And with a run of seven matches in the next month, including back-to-back Ligue 1 games with Monaco, Tuchel says it is inevitable his squad will be hit by injuries.

"We will do everything we can to protect the players, but honestly I think injuries will happen because it's always like this," he said.

PSG are without defenders Abdou Diallo, Thiago Silva and Presnel Kimpembe for the clash with Linas-Montlhery, who ply their trade in the sixth tier of French football.

The record 12-time Coupe de France winners are resounding favourites to progress, but Tuchel is demanding respect against the unknown quantity.

"We are the favourites to win, that's clear," he said. "But we will play with respect and seriousness. We want to win and I'm waiting for us to win.

"To show our respect to the opponents, we will have to play seriously and regain our hunger to win. It's a cup game, a decisive game and we're here to win.

"I haven't seen their ground. I don't think it will be like the Parc des Princes. I hope it won't be dangerous, but it's okay – you have to adapt."

Reunion-based amateur side Saint-Pierroise pulled off a huge shock in the Coupe de France round of 64 by beating Ligue 2 club Niort on Saturday.

After a 9,000-kilometre journey from the island off the coast of Madagascar to western France, Saint-Pierroise secured a surprise 2-1 win at Stade Rene Gaillard.

The victory made Saint-Pierroise only the second overseas team to reach the last 32 of the competition and the first since Le Geldar of French Guiana in 1989.

Gerard Hubert's header put the visitors in front in the 59th minute but an own goal from Mamy Randrianarisoa four minutes later restored parity.

However, Ryan Ponti struck for the Reunion Premier League champions in the 76th minute and they held on to break new ground in the competition.

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