Absent from the field since the end of November, Gerard Pique trained this Monday morning with the Barça group on the eve of the match against PSG, Tuesday (9 p.m., on RMC Sport 1). Still short physically, his return at least allows Ronald Koeman to consider several options for the choice of his central defense.
His return to training does not mean the end of the puzzle for Ronald Koeman but could give the Dutch coach more options on the table. On the eve of the knockout stages of the Champions League between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, Gerard Piqué trained normally with his teammates this Monday morning.
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Still physically short for Tuesday night?
Piqué’s presence in the Catalan squad for Tuesday night’s game is not yet established. His tenure is even less so. But in view of the problems encountered recently by Barça with its central defense, the return of Pique is necessarily well received by the Catalan staff.
Absent from the field since November 21 and a knee injury contracted against Atlético de Madrid in the league, Pique is gradually returning to the training grounds. For the match against PSG, it may be a bit short, while Koeman is looking for a solution to support Clément Lenglet in the right axis of the central defense.
A welcome return
Samuel Umtiti, left-handed and far from being at his best, is not the preferred choice for the Barça technician. Ronald Araujo, for his part, did not resume training on Monday unlike Pique. To complete his defense, Koeman could therefore call on Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutch midfielder has appeared in Barca’s last two league games as a center-back, a position he had notably held at Ajax. While Koeman should not rush Pique’s return to the pitch, the resumption of training for the Spanish defender is very good news for Barca, who could count on him in the second leg against PSG, which will take place on 10 next march.