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Neymar and Mbappe are 100 per cent fit - Tuchel confirms pair will start against Liverpool

22:04 GMT+4 27/11/2018
Neymar Kylian Mbappe PSG Paris Saint-Germain 2018-19
The PSG boss says his stars are ready for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Liverpool after suffering injuries during the international break

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are 100 per cent and ready to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday, according to Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel.

The pair both sustained injuries during the international break for their respective countries, with Neymar suffering a strained right adductor featuring for Brazil against Cameron, while Mbappe bruised his shoulder playing for France against Uruguay.

Their statuses for the big clash at the Parc des Princes were doubtful and both missed PSG's 1-0 victory over Toulouse last weekend.

However, the pair returned to training Monday, and now Tuchel has confirmed the pair are set to feature in the key Group C contest.

"Neymar is 100 per cent and Mbappe as well," Tuchel said. "They are fit. They trained today and yesterday, and they will line up tomorrow."

When asked if the pair could be in any danger of aggravating their injuries, Tuchel said there was "no risk" involved in the duo playing.  

PSG enter Wednesday's match hoping to both avenge their 3-2 loss at Anfield in the group stage opener, but also put themselves in a prime position to qualify for the knockout round.

The Ligue 1 leaders currently sit a point behind Liverpool and Napoli in the group standings and a victory would leave them no worse than second with their finale to come against Red Star Belgrade on December 11. 

However, a loss Wednesday would see them potentially eliminated from the competition.

Given the struggles of PSG in the Champions League, the prospect adds even more pressure to an already high-profile match between a pair of Europe's big clubs.

And Tuchel hopes to strike a balance between being focused, but not being overly tense due to the stakes. 

"Fear? No I don't fear anything, but I definitely feel the pressure in every match," Tuchel said. "This match is even more special. It's very important, tomorrow is definitely going to be decisive and I feel the pressure inside me. But it's my pressure, not reflecting on the players.

"There is a possibility that we don't win. It's very important tomorrow that we think about winning. The focus is about winning and what we should do to win. It's very important that we play together, and do not lose focus. Bigger the game, bigger the pressure.

"The more pressure you have, the less information you should give. We have to be relaxed. Nobody can control the result, and no matter what the result is tomorrow, the sun will shine the day after and we will get out of bed and go to work."