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Marco Verratti could be back for second leg against Bayern Munich, Marquinhos remains doubtful

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Practically nothing but bad news for Bayern Munich these days — this will make the second leg even harder.

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Per a report by Le Parisien (via PSG Talk) Marco Verratti could be back for Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg against Bayern Munich. The Italian was ruled out of the first leg due to a positive Covid test, but his quarantine period is set to end just before the second. The decision could be made just before the game is set to go ahead, since he will only come out of quarantine on Sunday or Monday.

Mauricio Pochettino will have a tough decision to make on whether his star midfielder can start the game. With Bayern Munich set to miss Leon Goretzka next week, Verrattt’s return could be crucial to ensuring that the Parisians stamp their dominance on the midfield. However, the Italian will be lacking match practice and his fitness could be questionable — the coach might have to take a spot decision on the matter.

Marquinhos, meanwhile, remains doubtful for the second leg. Per L’Equipe, the player suffered a muscle injury and might not be able to play. While the Brazilian hasn’t officially be ruled out of the game in Paris, his absence could cause Pochettino to rethink his defensive setup.