Neymar could be back on Sunday


PARIS — Brazil striker Neymar could return to playing Sunday when Paris St Germain take on Monaco in Ligue 1, coach Thomas Tuchel said Saturday.

“He has been working hard, with a good mindset. We could get him back as soon as tomorrow,” Tuchel told a news conference.

Neymar, who has scored 13 goals from 13 league appearances this season, has been out of action since picking up a foot injury in January. PSG will clinch its eighth Ligue 1 title if it beats Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

With Neymar missing from action, PSG was knocked out of the Champions League last 16 after losing the return leg 3-1 at home to Manchester United. It beat the Premier League club 2-0 in the first leg at Old Trafford.

With Edinson Cavani also out injured lately, and several key players unfit, the side have picked up only one point from their last three Ligue 1 games.

They will take on Stade Rennais in the French Cup final next Saturday, a game for which Tuchel is also hoping to be able to bring on captain Thiago Silva who sustained a muscle injury last weekend.

PSG, which has 81 points from 32 games, lead second-placed Lille by 17 points. Lille travels to Toulouse Sunday.

Lyon beats Angers

Olympique Lyonnais returned to winning ways when it beat visiting Angers 2-1 Friday to consolidate third place in Ligue 1.

Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier found the back of the net in the first half to put Lyon, which had lost its three previous games in all competitions, on 59 points from 33 matches.

The visitors pulled a goal back with one minute left, thanks to Lucas Tousart’s own goal.

Lyon trails second-placed Lille, which has a game in hand, by five points but lead fourth-placed St Etienne by six ahead of Les Verts’ trip to Stade Reims Sunday.

The top three in Ligue 1 qualify for the Champions League, with the third-placed team starting in the third qualifying round for Europe’s premier club competition.

Depay started the game at the Groupama stadium after beginning the last two matches on the bench and he did not disappoint.

The Dutch forward collected Hassem Aouar’s through ball before beating Ludovic Butelle with a powerful shot to put Lyon ahead after 14 minutes.

Aouar played Terrier through for the hosts’ second goal six minutes into the second half.

Lyon’s domination continued but Butelle pulled off several great saves to deny Depay and Terrier before Tousart diverted Angelo Fulgini’s cross into his own net.

Earlier, Dijon beat Stade Rennais 3-2 at home to stay in 18th place, meaning they look set to take part in the relegation/promotion playoffs. — Agencies