Aurier back in PSG squad for Man City tie

 06 Apr 2016 - 16:55

Aurier back in PSG squad for Man City tie
Paris Saint-Germain's French defender Serge Aurier arrives for a training session on April 5, 2016 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, western Paris, on the eve of the team's UEFA Champions League football match against Manchester City. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE

Serge Aurier has been named in the Paris Saint-Germain squad for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg at home to Manchester City, meaning he could make his first appearance since being banished for a social media outburst.

The Ivorian has not played since being dropped to the reserves for a month after insulting coach Laurent Blanc and several team-mates in an online video using the app Periscope in February.

Aurier, who joined Paris on an initial loan deal from Toulouse in 2014 before the move was made permanent last summer, missed PSG's Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea during his spell with the reserves.

The club-imposed ban ended on March 20, but he then joined up with the Ivory Coast national team for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

He did not feature in last Saturday's 4-1 win against Nice and is unlikely to start against City, with Marquinhos the preferred candidate to play at right-back.

Angel Di Maria is included in the Paris squad after missing last weekend's game with a knock picked up on international duty, but Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore are absent.

AFP