Europa League: Pastore to debut in Luxembourg?


PSG's star signing Javioer Pastore could take his first steps in a Parisian shirt away to Differedange in the Europa League play-offs, while Rennes take on Red Star Belgrade and Sochaux travel to the Ukraine to take on Metalist Kharkiv.

After a loss and a draw in the league so far this season, the pressure is mounting on PSG coach Antoine Kombouaré to start getting results, and the ex-Valenciennes boss has decided that it's time to start integrating his star recruit - Javier Pastore - despite concerns over his match fitness.




Pastore was granted extra holidays by the president of former club Palermo after playing for Argentina in the Copa America this summer, and as such is behind his PSG teammates in terms of physical preparation, but Kombouaré can't wait forever for French football's most expensive player ever to get started.




"It's time that we played him," said Kombouaré. "Will he start? I still need to talk to him a bit more, but if I've included him in the squad for this trip, it's because I'm thinking about giving him a run. Maybe he's not completely ready but he needs to play matches; he's lacking game time. He's been working hard to get back to his top level."




Keeping an eye on PSG's next three matches - at home to VA in the league, the return leg of this Europa League tie and a trip to table-topping Toulouse in Week 4 - over the next ten days, Kombouaré could well opt to rest key players Siaka Tiéné, Mathieu Bodmer and Kévin Gameiro as they take on Luxembourg side Differdange.




Brazilian winger Nene has not been included in the squad partly because of an ankle injury but also as a sanction following his verbal altercation with Kombouaré after the 1-1 league draw with Rennes on Saturday night, whiloe captain Mamdou Sakho is out with a thigh strain.




Probable teams:



Differdange: Weber; Léoni, Bukvic, Siebenaler, Kintziger;Kettenmeyer, Lebresne, Bettmer; Caron, Janisch; Piskor



Paris-SG: Sirigu; Ceara, Camara Bisevac, Landre; Matuidi, Ngoyi; Ménez, Pastore, Kebano; Erding




Pastore Javier

Pastore Javier
  • Current Team: Roma
  • D.O.B.: 20/06/1989
  • Nat.: Argentine / Italian
  • Offensive Midfielder

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