Victim of a sprained right knee on November 21, Gerard Piqué made his return to training on Sunday and still hopes to be recovered to play the round of 16 first leg between Barça and PSG on Tuesday (9 p.m. on RMC Sport).
Forced to align Frenkie de Jong in central defense on Saturday against Alavés (5-1), Barça could record a comeback on Tuesday to face PSG in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
As the story goes Mundo Deportivo, Gerard Piqué returned to training on Sunday, less than three months after his severe sprained right knee on November 21. While the diagnosis seemed to lead the Spain international to a five to six-month absence, the defender is ahead of his return schedule, and is confident in his ability to play against the Parisians.
Two decisive training sessions Monday and Tuesday morning
“Aware of the losses suffered by the team, the third captain of Barça wants to help and is ready to force (his recovery) to play the match against PSG, with a place for the quarter-finals at stake,” writes Mundo Deportivo
After the Sunday morning session, Piqué will be able to test himself again on Monday and Tuesday morning before Ronald Koeman decides whether or not to line up against the Parisians. If the Spain international is not delivered on time, Clément Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti and Oscar Mingueza will likely compete for the two central hinge places. Unless Koeman also tries the De Jong bet in central defense against Paris.
Absent since Barcelona’s defeat against Atlético Madrid, Pique has missed Barça’s last 23 matches.