Paris Saint-Germain boss Christophe Galtier is set to be working without three players for Wednesday’s Champions League Group H battle with Benfica at the Estadio da Luz.
The Ligue 1 champions are already without Marco Verratti (calf) and Presnel Kimpembe (hamstring), and Renato Sanches was forced off with a groin problem in the weekend’s 2-1 win over Nice.
The Portuguese had only been on the pitch for 16 minutes as a substitute before entering the treatment room again, but Galtier is otherwise well-stocked for the trip to Sanches’s homeland.
Nordi Mukiele was found wanting for Nice’s goal at the weekend, but he otherwise put in a good shift and could link up with Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos in front of Gianluigi Donnarumma once more.
Juan Bernat is sure to make way for Nuno Mendes on the left-hand side as Achraf Hakimi bombs down the right, while Galtier is still packed with several midfield options in the wake of Verratti and Sanches’s injuries.
Vitinha has established himself as a nailed-on starter for PSG, and the Portuguese could be joined by compatriot Danilo Pereira for their return home – forcing Carlos Soler and Fabian Ruiz to accept spots on the bench.
After coming off the bench to score the winner against Nice, Kylian Mbappe will now set out to become PSG’s highest-ever Champions League goalscorer as he replaces Hugo Ekitike alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.
PSG possible starting lineup: Donnarumma; Mukiele, Marquinhos, Ramos; Hakimi, Pereira, Vitinha, Mendes; Messi, Mbappe, Neymar