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PSG predicted lineup vs Clermont Foot

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If you were thinking of tuning in to see PSG rip Clermont Foot apart with Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar forming a devastating front three, you may have another thing coming.

Mbappe has a calf injury, while Messi and Neymar have both been away on international duty in South America and will be pretty tired upon their arrival back in the French capital.

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The same can be said for Angel Di Maria and to make matters worse for Mauricio Pochettino, he is set to be without Mauro Icardi, Sergio Ramos, Marco Verratti, Colin Dagba, Juan Bernat and Layvin Kurzawa – who are all injured.

That could mean it’s a very uninspiring PSG lineup who take to the field against Clermont Foot, and this is what it may look like.

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Donnarumma is the new sheriff in goal / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – It may not be a particularly busy evening for Donnarumma, regardless of whether half of PSG’s superstars are absent.

Achraf Hakimi (RB) – Already off the mark in terms of goalscoring, you do wonder if Hakimi has set himself a goal target given how far forward he gets.

Marquinhos (CB) – Had developed into one of the world’s best defensive midfielders but, sadly, duty calls at the back.

Thilo Kehrer (CB) – Is Kehrer ever going to be a permanent fixture in this PSG side? That we don’t know, but the fact Pochettino is regularly picking him from the off is a good sign.

Nuno Mendes (LB) – The future is now at PSG following Mendes’ arrival before the transfer deadline. What a talent.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum could be the most forward thinking of PSG’s three-man midfield / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

Idrissa Gueye (CM) – The anchor in defensive midfield, it’s Gueye’s job to sweep up and allow the fun players to do their thing.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – Should be given the licence to roam forward at will, particularly because PSG’s frontline could be rather inexperienced.

Ander Herrera (CM) – A steady, reliable performer 99 times out of 100, Herrera is just the kind of player you need to get through an injury/international air miles crisis.

Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler the star turn up front? Could be… / Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

Ismael Gharbi (RW) – Who? That is a question some of you may ask but Gharbi isn’t a complete unknown. That said, an appearance here would be his first Ligue 1 start.

Alexandre Fressange (ST) – Speaking of unknowns, that brings us on nicely to the player who may be tasked with leading PSG’s line. Fressange is a talented academy graduate so it will be interesting to see how he gets on – if he does end up starting, of course.

Julian Draxler (LW) – The German winger has plenty of experience under his belt and he’ll need every ounce of it to guide his young teammates through their first game at the Parc des Princes.

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