Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Keylor Navas have been included in Paris Saint-Germain's squad for Sunday's Ligue 1 clash with Marseille after a period of quarantine.

The quartet missed PSG's 1-0 loss to Lens in their opening game of the 2020-21 campaign last Thursday after contracting COVID-19 during the close season.

However, all four players have since returned negative tests and Thomas Tuchel revealed at his pre-match news conference that the quartet would be considered for selection if they came through training unscathed.

It has now been confirmed that attacking duo Neymar and Di Maria, plus midfielder Paredes and first-choice goalkeeper Navas, are part of PSG's 21-man squad for Le Classique.

Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Marquinhos also returned positive tests last week and remain absent for the clash at the Parc des Princes.

Speaking on the eve of the match, Tuchel questioned why one of the standout fixtures in the Ligue 1 calendar was being staged so early in the campaign.

"I am surprised that such an important game is scheduled for the third match day," he told reporters.

"I think such a game should be scheduled for October or November when both teams have got into a rhythm.

"Everybody wants to win at their best level but it's not possible if it's only the second game in Ligue 1. Personally I don't understand the decision."

Keylor Navas returned but Marco Verratti was left out of the Paris Saint-Germain line-up for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, who benched Ivan Perisic for Kinglsey Coman.

After sitting out the semi-final against RB Leipzig with a hamstring injury sustained in the prior round against Atalanta, Navas was deemed fit enough to take his place in goal back from Sergio Rico.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said in his pre-match news conference Verratti was in contention to start but would not be able to play 90 or 120 minutes due to the calf problem with which he has been struggling.

The Italy international was subsequently named among the substitutes, with Ander Herrera, Marquinhos and Leandro Paredes in midfield for the Ligue 1 champions.

Bayern likewise made no changes to midfield, with Thiago Alcantara keeping his place as Joshua Kimmich continued at right-back, Benjamin Pavard fit enough only for the bench after battling a metatarsal ligament injury.

Hansi Flick opted to bring in former PSG winger Coman for Perisic, though, despite the France international having not started the quarter-final or semi-final wins over Barcelona and Lyon.

Marco Verratti is fit enough to start the Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, but Keylor Navas remains a doubt.

A calf injury meant Verratti travelled to Portugal later than the rest of his team-mates and missed the quarter-final victory over Atalanta, during which goalkeeper Navas sustained a hamstring injury.

While Navas and Idrissa Gueye sat out the semi-final triumph against RB Leipzig, Italy midfielder Verratti was sent on for the final seven minutes with PSG already leading 3-0.

Barring any incidents in training on Saturday, Verratti will be in Thomas Tuchel's thoughts for the starting line-up against Bayern at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday.

However, Navas' availability hinges on how he performs in that session.

"Marco and Idrissa have trained with us since the Leipzig match. No issues at all. They will be involved in the entire training session, so they are available," said Tuchel.

"Keylor Navas is a different case. He will try to train normally today, it'll be the first time he's trained. It'll be a yes or no decision, it's black and white on that. We will see after training."

Asked if Verratti was too much of a risk for the starting XI, Tuchel said: "Well, he was hit. It wasn't a muscle injury. The risk isn't great. If he is comfortable, if he is not in pain, it is different.

"It's the same as Kylian [Mbappe]. Will he [Verratti] have the best ability to play 120 minutes? Obviously not. The question is, 'Is he ready to play?'

"If nothing happens today in training, the answer is yes. Then we will decide tomorrow whether he will start or not.

"If he is part of the group today during training, feeling good, he will be able to play tomorrow.

"Obviously he won't be able to play 90-120 minutes, especially in midfield where we expect a lot of intensity. We will see if he can start or end it for us."

Bayern have been triumphant in all of their 10 Champions League games this season and are on a 20-game winning streak in all competitions.

Hansi Flick's side have scored 42 goals in the competition – three fewer than the all-time record set by Barcelona from 16 games in 1999-2000 – but Tuchel is not planning massive changes to PSG's approach.

"We always respect the opponents. It's important to share information and details to my team, to give some solutions," said Tuchel.

"We will do what we did in the past for every Champions League game, as well as in Ligue 1. Bayern have won their past 20 games. They are so strong with all of their individual qualities. They are very intense. They want to play, but there are always spaces to be found.

"It is so important to find a good mix between playing freely, being confident, and finding key situations and key spaces, and you can only do so if you are free-minded.

"This is why we won't be adapting too much. In the end, it is not a game to change a lot of things. Maybe one or two positions, that's it."

Ander Herrera is confident Sergio Rico can adequately fill in for injured goalkeeper Keylor Navas in Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League semi-final clash with RB Leipzig.

Navas has started 34 games in all competitions this season, including eight in the Champions League, but he has been ruled out of the Leipzig tie with a hamstring injury.

He pulled up late on in Wednesday's remarkable 2-1 comeback win over Atalanta and was replaced by back-up keeper Rico, who is now set to start in Lisbon on Tuesday. 

That was on-loan stopper Rico's ninth appearance of the season and Herrera has backed the Costa Rica international – a two-time Europa League winner with Sevilla – to step up.

"We have three fantastic goalkeepers. Sergio Rico has already won several Europa League titles. He has already shown that he is ready to help this Tuesday," he said.

Herrera started the Atalanta match but was taken off before his side staged a dramatic fightback, the Ligue 1 giants scoring twice in the space of 149 seconds to stay on course for a quadruple.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel praised Herrera's leadership qualities on the eve of the Leipzig clash, but the Spaniard insisted he has not thought about taking on the captain's armband once Thiago Silva moves on later this month.

"Since I arrived in Paris the captain is Thiago Silva so I haven't thought about this question," Herrera, who joined from Manchester United last year, said. "For me the captain is not only the one who wears the armband. 

"We have a lot of captains by their actions. Marquinhos is a natural leader. He does not speak much but in training and on the pitch, he is a leader. 

"Neymar is another leader. When you are a player who asks a lot for the ball while the team has a lot of pressure on the pitch, that's a leader. 

"Keylor Navas has won a lot in his career and always tries to create a compact group. 

"Thiago Silva is a fantastic leader and captain but all the groups which know the success, it is not possible with only one leader. We have many leaders with the word but also with the action."

PSG have never reached the final of the Champions League and Herrera does not believe the Ligue 1 winners are under more pressure than Leipzig, who have already knocked out Tottenham and Atletico Madrid.

"Domestically we have won four titles," he said. "Winning the Champions League is a dream but we cannot speak of an obligation to win.

"Every year there are a dozen teams that do not win. It is a dream but not a pressure."

Keylor Navas will undergo an assessment on the hamstring injury he suffered against Atalanta and is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League semi-final.

The Costa Rica international pulled up late on in Wednesday's remarkable 2-1 comeback win over the Serie A side in Lisbon and was replaced by Sergio Rico.

Navas has started 34 games for the French champions this season but is now in a race against time to be fit for next Tuesday's last-four tie with RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid.

A statement on PSG's official website on Thursday read: "The examinations and MRI have confirmed a tear in the femoral biceps. 

"His condition will be examined again on Saturday and his involvement in Tuesday's match is uncertain."

However, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has received some positive news on skipper Thiago Silva, who also injured his hamstring against Atalanta but has avoided any serious damage.

Marco Verratti missed the quarter-final due to a calf injury and the midfielder's fitness will be assessed on Saturday.

Keylor Navas deserves to be recognised as a Real Madrid legend, according to Fernando Morientes.

Navas, 33, spent five seasons with Madrid, winning a LaLiga title and three Champions Leagues among numerous other honours before joining Paris Saint-Germain last year.

Morientes, a Madrid great, believes the goalkeeper should be considered among the LaLiga club's best.

"In the end, for example, at Real Madrid I tell you that he is a legend," the former striker told ESPN.

"A player like him who has participated in great moments in Madrid must be classified as legends, without any doubt."

Navas arrived at Madrid from Levante in 2014 and established himself as the club's number one after Iker Casillas' departure the following year.

Morientes said Navas' growth at Madrid had been immense, with the shot-stopper starting in all three of their Champions League final wins between 2016 and 2018.

"Keylor Navas came as a substitute player for a great goalkeeper in our history as Iker Casillas was," he said.

"Little by little he gained the respect of the entire public, but he was also decisive in great moments in the history of the Bernabeu."

Neymar is "determined to give everything" for Paris Saint-Germain, according to goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Brazil international Neymar was heavily linked with a return to Barcelona in the close season, just two years after leaving them for a world-record fee of €222million.

But the 27-year-old has scored 64 goals in 74 appearances for PSG and this season formed a key part of the 'Fantastic Four' with Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria.

Neymar has reportedly cancelled a party for his upcoming birthday in order to focus solely on PSG, a mentality Navas has taken note of.

Asked about the club's formidable attacking line-up, Navas told Telefoot: "These are players with an incredible level and, for me, it is a privilege to be able to play with them.

"We feel calmer and we believe in them. We know that they will do good work.

"Neymar is a player at a whole different level, in a different world. We are very happy to have him in our team because he helps us a lot, he makes us stronger. And we know that he is determined to give everything."

After being eliminated from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage for four straight seasons from 2012-13, PSG have exited the competition at the last 16 in their three most recent campaigns.

Thomas Tuchel's side have a tricky tie with his former team Borussia Dortmund in the first knockout round coming up this term, but Navas believes they are ready to break new ground.

"We have a very good squad, all the conditions are there, we are ambitious and we want to win titles," said the Costa Rica international, who arrived from Real Madrid in September.

"This team is of a very high calibre, with players who achieve incredible things individually but the most important thing is that the squad is united 100 per cent.

"I am very happy, everyone here welcomed me really nicely, my family feels good and I have great team-mates. I am really enjoying myself. However, that is never sufficient.

"I always want to win, again and again. I did not come to PSG to have a good time, but to work with humility, desire and above all to win titles because that's what we love."

Thibaut Courtois insisted there was never any internal strain on his relationship with Keylor Navas, though he acknowledged there is now much less focus on the Real Madrid goalkeeping situation following the latter's move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Navas completed a switch to PSG in September, with Alphonse Areola moving in the opposite direction to Madrid on loan.

Last season, both Courtois and Navas competed for the number one spot at Madrid, with the media and fans often debating over which one should be named as number one choice.

Now, those debates have been settled, with France goalkeeper Areola acting as Courtois' understudy, but the former Chelsea shot-stopper affirmed there were no issues between himself and Navas.

"In the end it is like in life. With some you have better relationships and you talk more," Courtois told MARCA.

"He was a partner and there was always a good I try to help them both. The fact that it is no longer helped me.

"I think it is more that there is no longer that debate from outside, because from inside we were two goalkeepers that we trained well competing, as now with Areola who is a great goalkeeper.

"Then the requirement for me, day by day, has not changed. But there seems to be less debate outside."

Neymar, Thomas Meunier, Keylor Navas and Marco Verratti are all expected back in Paris Saint-Germain training next week following injuries.

PSG had previously announced Neymar was due to resume training this week, having been out since the previous international break with a hamstring injury.

He is instead now set to return in the coming days, alongside Thomas Meunier, who has also been dealing with a hamstring issue.

Navas should likewise be back among the squad in the next seven days as he recovers from a thigh injury which forced him out of last weekend's win at Brest.

The former Real Madrid man had crucially saved a penalty against Club Brugge in the Champions League three days earlier.

Verratti has had an injury to the back of his right knee, keeping him out of international action for Italy, but is hoping to train by the end of next week.

Kylian Mbappe's willingness to work for the team has made a strong impression with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Keylor Navas.

Goalkeeper Navas joined the Ligue 1 champion on transfer deadline day in September, penning a four-year deal in the French capital.

The 32-year-old was a three-time Champions League winner at Real Madrid, so it is hoped his pedigree at the highest level of European football can help a talent-stacked squad under Thomas Tuchel take an extra step in the competition.

Mbappe has eight goals in nine appearances across all competitions this season and the 20-year-old's presence in the attack gives Navas plenty of reasons for optimism.

"He is a very young player who does extraordinary things for his age," the Costa Rica international told a news conference ahead of Friday's Ligue 1 game against Dijon.

"In addition to what we already know, and what we can see, he puts his talent at the disposal of the team, with good qualities of movement and always the right gestures."

Following Gianluigi Buffon's return to Juventus and Alphonse Areola's move in the opposite direction to Madrid, Navas has settled quickly into life as PSG's number one.

"I've been here for several weeks now. My adaptation is going very well - at the club, with my teammates but also in this championship," he said. 

"I am happy. The results follow and we progress on a daily basis. I came with humility, but with the desire to bring something. 

"I want to bring my leadership to the field and help everyone move forward."

PSG head into the 12th round of fixtures in Ligue 1 with an eight-point advantage over Nantes at the top of the table, having won nine and lost two of their games so far this season.

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