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Rival watch: Barcelona receive boost as PSG captain an injury doubt for UCL clash

Barcelona face one of their biggest test of the season next month when they lock horns with PSG in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

Having gotten past Napoli in the Round of 16, the Catalans will be facing Kylian Mbappe & co., managed by Luis Enrique.

Heading into the first leg of the quarterfinals, which will take place on April 10, PSG have some injury concerns, which could be a welcome boost for Barça.

Marquinhos an injury doubt

As reported last week, PSG winger Bradley Barcola suffered an injury on international duty with France Under-21s and is a doubt for the Barcelona clash.

Now, Mundo Deportivo reports that PSG captain and defensive mainstay Marquinhos is also a doubt for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Barça.

The Brazilian defender, 29, has not been seen in action since the game against Nantes on February 17 due to an Achilles tendon problem.

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Marquinhos is an injury doubt for Barcelona clash. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

It was initially expected that the injury was not serious, but Marquinhos proceeded to miss four Ligue 1 matches since and is still dealing with the discomfort.

As such, Marquinhos is considered a doubt for PSG’s upcoming match against Olympique de Marseille on Sunday.

Furthermore, his availability for the game against Barcelona on April 10 is not clear either. The Brazilian’s potential absence would come as a big boost for the Blaugrana for he is a key player for the Parisians.

Who else could miss?

As mentioned earlier, Barcola’s availability is not clear at this point, along with that of Marquinhos.

Beyond that, Milan Skriniar is also considered a doubt due to an ankle issue while Presnel Kimpembe is expected to miss out completely.

Meanwhile, Marco Asensio is working to recover from a hamstring problem in time for the Barcelona clash.

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